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Ansel Brainerd Cook Chapter

Libertyville, Illinois

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What is the DAR?

The DAR is a women's service organization. Members share several common bonds: each descends from someone who served the cause of American independence and are interested in making a difference in her communities through projects focusing on historic preservation, patriotism, and education.

What do you do?


The DAR is a non-profit, non-political, volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America’s future through better education. Membership is open to any woman 18 years or older who can prove lineal, bloodline descent from an ancestor who served the cause of American independence. You can learn more about membership qualifications here

Good news: there are members of our chapter who are willing to help you with your research and application.

Members of the Ansel Brainerd Cook Chapter have been proudly serving the Libertyville-Mundelein-Vernon Hills area of Lake County, Illinois since 1977. We are 100+ members strong and growing. Our members range in age from 18 to 90 — juniors to seniors.  Our roster includes women with careers, students, homemakers, young moms and retirees.  We are mothers, grandmothers, and most importantly Daughters.  We are united in our love of God, Home, and Country. We honor the service our patriot ancestors gave for American Independence by providing service to our communities.

Our On-going Projects


Here are some examples of what we do: support veterans at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Healthcare Center; award DAR Good Citizen medals to outstanding high school seniors in five local high schools; sponsor the American History Essay Contest in local elementary and junior high schools in Lake County; host monthly membership/genealogy workshops at Cook Library; and participate in the Libertyville Days parade.

Who was Ansel Brainerd Cook?


Chances are if you live outside the Libertyville area, you have not heard of Ansel Brainerd Cook. Mr. Cook was a teacher, an Illinois lawmaker, and a stonemason. He laid the first large flagstones in Chicago, including all of the flagstones around the old Cook County Court House. Perhaps his longest lasting legacy is willing his home to the city to be used as a library. The house had been built by his first wife's father, Dr. Jesse Foster. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places and is now the home of the Libertyville-Mundelein Historical Society. 

Contact Us


We would love to meet you and have you visit one of our chapter meetings.  Contact regent Denise Burja or registrar Diane Eubanks for more information.

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