DAR members participate in a wide variety of historic preservation projects as it is crucial to saving our history for future generations. Since 1890, the National DAR, along with DAR chapters and state societies, have been involved in the preservation of sites and properties. The involvement ranges from outright ownership, to contributing to maintenance, to participation in governance or oversight. There is a wide array of such valuable historic resources: buildings, rooms, monuments, cemeteries, forests, landmarks, trails, and others. Many are open to the public and can serve as testaments to the continued work of DAR. Cultural heritage tourism is widely recognized today and many DAR properties can enrich a travel experience.