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Midewin Prairie Chapter

National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

Wilmington, Illinois


Welcome

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.

Our Officers

Regent Stacy Plese
Vice Regent Ellen Silkey
Chaplain Roberta Neumann
Recording Secretary Edna Droz
Treasurer Barbara Rossi
Registrar Rebecca Sipple
Historian/Librarian Ellen Silkey

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.

Our Programs

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
Marion Anderson
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
Cousins
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
   

Balliet, Leonard
Beck, George
Bugh, Peter
Cody, Joseph
Crandall, Peter
Garrison, Richard

Henry, John
Koons, Nicholas
McConkey, Daniel
Moore, John
Ogilvie, Kimbrough Tinsley
Pratt, Samuel

Quigley, Isaac
Riddle, James
Roll, Isaac
Sherer, John Jacob
Simpson, William
Smith, Frederick

Stebbins, Abner Sr.
Swift, John
Toney, Jesse
VanCleave, William
Walker, Gabriel
Waugh, Joseph

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