Our Chapter History

The Barbara Standish Chapter celebrated its 100th anniversary on October 12, 2005. The chapter is named for the second wife of Miles Standish, a passenger on the Mayflower.

Chapter members have a proud history of historic preservation, patriotism, and promoting education.

During World War I, chapter members mobilized with all-day meetings for Red Cross sewing of hospital garments and clothing for French and Belgian war orphans. Through donations, the chapter helped with the restoration of the French village of Tilloy, and raised money for the Illinois Ambulance Fund and the Armenian Relief Fund.

During World War II, the Barbara Standish Chapter Daughters again did their patriotic duty. They are credited with more than 5,500 hours of labor, raising thousands of dollars in War Bonds, making Buddy Bags, donating blood and money to the blood bank and Red Cross.

Chapter members continue to support those military members serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other parts of the world and through gifts to those in military hospitals.

Barbara Standish Chapter members are also heavily involved in historic preservation. Daughters have copied and compiled local cemetery and other records. Several markers were placed throughout Vermilion County such as one marking Hubbard Trail near Mann's Chapel and another near McFerren Park.

The chapter sponsors the DAR Good Citizens contest in local high schools.