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ORIGIN OF THE CHAPTER NAME

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

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.

CALENDAR

DATE PROGRAM
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 December Luncheon

December Luncheon

Swallow Cliff Member Volunteer

Member Demonstrated Authentic World War II Pilot Outfit


OFFICERS

Regent Gale Shafer
Vice Regent Audra Gray
Chaplain Linda Gray
Recording Secretary Lisa Smith
Corresponding Secretary Barbara Lamb
Treasurer Paula Fitzgerald
Registrar Eles Miller
Historian Marilyn Earnest
Librarian Linda Laciak

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