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.
In addition to its extensive genealogy resources, the DAR is also recognized as a service organization. Locally, we sponsor student essay contests, award scholarships, women's issues, veterans projects at the local, state, and national level. We encourage community involvement, and promote literacy, good citizenship, conservation, and recognition of outstanding individuals who are making a difference within our community.The DAR gives members an opportunity for service in many areas. It is a way to join with others in trying to make America a better place to live. DAR offers an opportunity to meet people with similar interests, develop friendships, and to join others who cherish the priceless heritage enjoyed by all while promoting the ideals of patriotism and love of country.
The Whiteside Station Chapter is one of 106 chapters in the state of Illinois. We look forward to meeting you and helping you to become a part of this great organization. Our members are from a variety of backgrounds and occupations and range in age from young to “experienced,” with many different talents contributing to our volunteer efforts.
What's in a name?
Our chapter is named after Whiteside Station, formerly called Flannery's Fort, which was the home of William Whiteside. Whiteside was born about 1750 in Goochland County, Virginia (now Albemarle County). William Whiteside was one of nine brothers, most of whom served in the Revolutionary War, who came from North Carolina. William and most of his brothers emmigrated to Illinois. They settled in what became Monroe County. William, along with his sons and nephews, became noted Indian fighters in Illinois. William Whiteside died in 1815 at White Station. Whiteside Station was located between Columbia and Waterloo, Illinois.
Are You Interested in Joining?
Do you have a Revolutionary War patriot in your family line?
To become a member of DAR, 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. You can search for your own patriot here. There are ladies in our chapter available to help get you started on becoming a member. Our meeting dates vary from September through May. Contact us if you would like to attend one of our meetings.