In the Potawatomi language, midewin (pronounced Mih-Day-win) means “the healing grasses.” Fields of grasses and prairies were in abundance when the American Indians inhabited the prairie.
Our chapter is one of over 100 Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) chapters in the state of Illinois.
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.
The Midewin Prairie Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, was organized on November 16, 1996, with fifteen charter members. We are located in the area adjacent to the nation's designated “tall grass prairie.”
A bill to create the Midewin National Tall Grass Prairie was signed by President Bill Clinton on February 10, 1996. This action transferred almost 19,000 acres of land formally controlled by the Joliet Arsenal to the United States Forest Service.
The name Midewin Prairie was chosen because plans called for the restoration of this land (thus healed) to conditions similar to those present in the early 1800s.
Although a young chapter, the Midewin Prairie Chapter has always supported the National Society objectives: to promote historical preservation, education, and patriotism. Chapter members are true to our national motto: God, Home, and Country.
|Vice Regent||Carol Frazier|
|Recording Secretary||Edna Droz|
Member Serving the National Society
|VAVS Advisory Committee Deputy Representative||Sharon Martin Willson|
Midewin Prairie Chapter continues to focus on service to veterans. Our members are on advisory and support committees for the Manteno Veterans Home.
Meetings are held the second Saturday of the month unless otherwise stated.
|September 10, 2016||VETERAN
Dedication of Abraham Lincoln Statue at ALNC
|October 8, 2016||HISTORICAL
Abraham Lincoln in Will County
Presented by Sandy Vasko
|November 12, 2016||VETERANS/NATIONAL DEFENSE
Honoring and Supporting our Veterans
Presented by Cyndi Valencia
|December 10, 2016||CITIZENSHIP
Honoring our DAR Good Citizens
|February 11, 2017||WOMEN'S ISSUES
30 Years of Compassion
Presented by Tammy Rush
Director, Living Alternatives, Coal City, IL
|March 11, 2017||NATIONAL DEFENSE/WOMEN'S ISSUES
Unsung Heroes — the story of America’s female patriot
Presented by Carol Frazier
|April 8, 2017||ENVIRONMENTAL/PRESERVATION
Restoring the Prairie
Presented by Wendy Tresouthick
Environmental Education Specialist, Midwein National Tallgrass Prairie
|May 6, 2017||STATE REGENT VISIT
“The Buzz About DAR”
Presented by Sharon Frizzell, State Regent
Followed by wreath laying at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery
Ogilvie, Kimbrough Tinsley
Sherer, John Jacob
Stebbins, Abner Sr.