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 11, 2021||HISTORICAL
What’s in a Name
Presented by Roberta Neumann
|October 9, 2021||WOMEN’S ISSUES
Presented by Sharon Willson
|November 13, 2021||AMERICAN HERITAGE
Elizabeth Tilley of the Mayflower
Presented by Barb Rossi
|December 11, 2021||CITIZENSHIP
Good Citizen Luncheon
|February 12, 2022||GENEALOGY
Presented by Becky Sippl
|March 12, 2022||HISTORICAL
Our Eagle Lectern
Presented by Stacy Please
|April 9, 2022||NATIONAL DEFENSE
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Presented by Carol Frazier
|May 14, 2022||NSDAR AND NATIONAL DEFENSE
Wreath laying at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery & Flag Presentation at Wesley
My Grandmother’s DAR
Presented by State Regent Debra Ross Coe
Ogilvie, Kimbrough Tinsley
Sherer, John Jacob
Stebbins, Abner Sr.