Silver Creek Chapter DAR

Highland, Illinois

The Daughters of the American Revolution, founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a volunteer women's service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America's future through better education for children.


The DAR offers many opportunities to serve.

Silver Creek Chapter (one of 106 DAR chapters in the state of Illinois and more than 3,000 chapters around the world), is located in Highland, in southern Illinois, about 35 miles northeast of St. Louis. Our chapter was organized in October 1983, with Mrs. R.F. Kurz as the organizing regent. The chapter name comes from the local Silver Creek which served as an important source of salt for early area settlers. The banks of Silver Creek also provided limestone, sandstone and coal. Today, Silver Creek continues to be important to the area as a primary water source. Our chapter members come from several nearby towns. We are an enthusiastic group comprised of ladies of all ages, backgrounds, and talents. Our members are active in all aspects of their communities. We take part in various activities and events that preserve our treasured history and promote it to today's youth. Whether individually or as a group, our chapter works diligently to achieve the three objects of our National Society - historic preservation, education, and patriotism. By participating in today's events, we work to prepare ourselves and others for the world of tomorrow. We are an organization that cares about our country's past, present and future.

Membership in the DAR is very rewarding. To become a member, a woman must be at least 18 years old and be able to prove blood descent from a person who rendered patriotic service during the American Revolution. If you think you are eligible, please contact our registrar or membership chairman for more information. Many of our members are willing to help you find ways to document your lineage. We're anxious to meet you and have you be a part of our chapter. Our chapter normally meets on the second Saturday of the month, September through May.

Our Calendar

September 9, 2017
“Until you spread your wings, you have no idea how far you can fly.” Presented by State Regent Gloria Flathom
September 17-23, 2017
Constitution Week
October 14, 2017
Tombstone Inscriptions
October 11, 2017
National DAR Day of Service"
November 12, 2017
"“James Lemen, Patriot & Anti-Slavery Activist” Presented by Cherie Kuhn & Charlotte Digue
December 9, 2017
"Re-chickenizing France" presented by Lola DeGroff
January 13, 2018
" Got Your Six Support Dogs" presenterd by Nicole Lanahan
February 10, 2017
“Pollinator Gardens” Presented by Dr. Michele (Mickey) Schutzenhofer, McKendree University
March 10, 2018
"The Unsinkable Molly Brown" presented by Bartbara Kay
April 14, 2018
"Illinois Bicentennial" presented by Melanie Escott
May 12, 2018
“Native Americans: from Pre-history to the Present” Presented by Taylor Sheeley


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