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.
|Vice Regent||Ellen Silkey|
|Recording Secretary||Edna Droz|
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.
Meetings are held the second Saturday of the month unless otherwise stated.
|September 10, 2022||CONSTITUTION
The writing of the Constitution through Abagail Adams’s eyes
Presented by Roberta Neumann
|October 8, 2022||AMERICAN INDIANS
Native Americans aiding the British in the Revolutionary War
Presented by Edna Droz
|November 12, 2022||HISTORICAL
The Poppy Lady
Presented by Sharon Willson
|December 10, 2022||CITIZENSHIP
DAR Good Citizen Essays
|February 12, 2023||HISTORICAL
How Do You Connect with the Founding of Our Country?
Presented by Susan Snow, Illinois State Organization District IV Director
|March 11, 2023||WOMEN’S ISSUES
We the Women — the fight for the ERA
Presented by Carol Frazier
|April 15, 2023||CONSERVATION
Audubon The Pioneer American Naturalist
Presented by Stacey Plese
|May 13, 2023||HISTORICAL & NATIONAL DEFENSE
My Grandmother’s DAR
Presented by State Regent Debra Ross Coe
Wreath Laying at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery
Flag presentation Wesley Honor Roll
Ogilvie, Kimbrough Tinsley
Sherer, John Jacob
Stebbins, Abner Sr.