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The origin and meaning of the chapter name comes from the local history of the Palos area. The silt laid down by the waters of Lake Chicago in the Palos region had great porosity and capacity to stand in vertical walls. Some hundred years ago, within what is now the forest preserve of Cook County, thousands of barn swallows nested in the vertical face of the Swallow Cliff outcrop on the Neumann Creek. People used to congregate to watch the swallows’ aerial flying maneuvers being displayed to capture flying insects and then to dive into their burrows to feed their young. When La Grange Road (Route 45) needed to be widened, the roadways cut right through the cliff. Despite the addition of protective screening to prevent vandalism, the swallows all but disappeared. The cliffs in the forest preserve later became the site of the Swallow Cliff Toboggan Slides, which no longer exist.

Swallow Cliff
Swallow Cliff

Original Swallow Cliffs


Meetings are held on the third Saturday of the month with luncheons in May, October, and December. No meetings are held during the summer months. For more information or to attend a meeting contact us.


Sept. 9, 2017 Constitution Week — “March to the 19th Amendment”
Oct. 21, 2017 Service to Veterans — 127th DAR Anniversary Service Project; Donations to Manteno Veterans Home
Historic Preservation — “Preserving Our Stories”
Nov. 18, 2017 National Defense — “World War II Normandy: An American Experience”
Dec. 9, 2017 Historical Preservation — “DAR Through the Generations”
Jan. 20, 2018 Women's Issues — “Until You Spread Your Wings, You Have No Idea How Far You Can Fly”
Feb. 17, 2018 Youth Awards Program — Good Citizens Winners
Mar. 17, 2018 Historic Preservation — “Abraham Lincoln's Watch”
April 21, 2018 Education — “DNA-DAR”
May 19, 2018 Women's Issues — “Nevertheless I Persisted”
Swallow Cliff March Meeting

After hearing our March speaker Douglas Stiles give his presentation, “Abraham Lincoln’s Watch,” the chapter gathered with Mr. Stiles for a photo to go in the Bicentennial collage at the State Conference.

Swallow Cliff December Luncheon

December Luncheon

Swallow Cliff Member Volunteer

Member Demonstrated Authentic World War II Pilot Outfit


Regent Gale Shafer
Vice Regent Lynn Gray
Chaplain Linda Laciak
Recording Secretary Audra Gray
Corresponding Secretary Barbara Lamb
Treasurer Paula Fitzgerald
Registrar Eles Miller
Historian Marilyn Earnest
Librarian Connie Spear
Swallow Cliff December Luncheon

At our March 17 meeting, Swallow Cliff Chapter celebrated the 90th birthday of our organizing regent, Marilyn Earnest, with a cake and edible fruit arrangement. Marilyn is 49-year DAR member and is chapter historian and Honor Flight Chairman.

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