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Midewin Prairie Chapter

National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

Wilmington, Illinois


Welcome

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.

Our Officers

Regent Sharon Willson
Vice Regent Ellen Rossi
Chaplain Stacey Plese
Recording Secretary Edna Droz
Treasurer Barbara Rossi
Registrar Roberta Neumann
Historian/Librarian Ellen Silkey

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.

Our Programs

Meetings are held the second Saturday of the month unless otherwise stated.

September 8, 2018 HISTORICAL
The Battle of St. Louis, The Attack on Cahokia
October 13, 2018 CONSERVATION
Fossils
November 10, 2018 VETERANS/NATIONAL DEFENSE
Honor Flight DVD
December 8, 2018 CITIZENSHIP
Honoring our DAR Good Citizens
February 23, 2019 STATE REGENT VISIT
Until you spread your wings, you have no idea how far you can fly
Presented by Gloria Flathom, State Regent
March 9, 2019 EDUCATION
Indian Schools, Bacone and Chemawa
Presented by Carol Frazier and Barb Rossi
April 13, 2019 DISTRICT DIRECTOR'S VISIT
Preserving Our Stories
Presented by Mary Helfrich District IV Director
May 11, 2019 VETERANS
Wreath laying at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery & Flag Presentation at Ritchey Flag Memorial

Balliet, Leonard
Beck, George
Bugh, Peter
Cody, Joseph
Crandall, Peter
Garrison, Richard

Henry, John
Koons, Nicholas
McConkey, Daniel
Moore, John
Ogilvie, Kimbrough Tinsley
Pratt, Samuel

Quigley, Isaac
Riddle, James
Roll, Isaac
Sherer, John Jacob
Simpson, William
Smith, Frederick

Stebbins, Abner Sr.
Swift, John
Toney, Jesse
VanCleave, William
Walker, Gabriel
Waugh, Joseph

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