DAR was founded in 1890 during a revival in patriotism and interest in the beginnings of the United States of America. The organisation was founded to acknowledge the women who directly descended from a person involved in the American Revoluition. DAR was also largely a response to the men's organization which didn't allow patriotic women a way to acknkowledge their ancestors in the way that the Sons of the Revolution could. (The Daughters of the American Revolution)
Alice could be seen as one of these pioneering women who led the charge to acknowledge those who fought for independence and inspire patriotism and love of country in thieir decendents in her day. Her reverence for history is evident in her involvment with Dar and her efforts for the preservation of one of MSU's original halls.