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Princeton-Illinois Chapter

Princeton, Illinois


Our History

The Princeton-Illinois Chapter was organized on April 13, 1896, by Mrs. Darlene Stevens Reeve, who established her claim as a Daughter of a patriot in 1890, under Miss Eugenia Washington. Thirteen ladies gathered at the home of Mrs. Laura Bryant, related by marriage to William Cullen Bryant, to organize the chapter of sixteen members. The chapter is named for our city, Princeton. Members preferred to call the chapter by the one name, but that name was unavailable so Princeton-Illinois Chapter was chosen. The town is named in honor of Princeton, New Jersey.

Mary Pettegrew Keyes, member and Real Daughter, was honored each year on her birthday until her death in 1914. The chapter had given her a silver spoon, now displayed at the Bureau County Historical Museum. An oil painting of Mrs. Keyes is on display there as well. A DAR marker was placed by her grave in Princeton in April 1916. The grave of Real Daughter, Clarissa McManners, is also marked at Henry, Illinois. Graves of fourteen of our charter members have been marked by the chapter. The graves of the two remaining founders are out of state.

Fourteen markers have been placed at the graves of Revolutionary soldiers, daughters, and wives. We have also placed markers to commemorate the Princeton speech by Abraham Lincoln and recognize the Owen Lovejoy Homestead and Underground Station. The chapter has planted two trees to commemorate special anniversaries and donated numerous books and U.S. flags. We will celebrate our 120th anniversary on April 13, 2016.


Our Officers

Regent Evalynn Blanco
Vice Regent Agnes Ross
Chaplain Sydney Wilson
Recording Secretary Nancy Gartner
Corresponding Secretary Beverly Larson
Treasurer Lois Peterson
Registrar Carmela J. Blanco
Historian Sue May
Librarian Juanita Tarrence
Parliamentarian Beverly Larson

Our Calendar — 2020-2021

Date Name of Program
September 5, 2020 (Sat.) DAR Membership
September 12, 2020 (Sat.) Homestead Festival Parade
September 17, 2020 (Thurs.) Bells Across America
3:00 p.m. CST
September 17-23, 2020 Constitution Week
October 2, 2020 (Fri.) Serving Those Who Have Served Us
Speaker: Sharla W. Luken, Illinois State Regent
October 11, 2020 (Sun.) NSDAR Day of Service
NSDAR's 130th Birthday
November 7, 2020 (Sat.) Heritage Quilt
Speaker: Carol Arteberry
November 11, 2020 (Wed.) Veterans’ Day
Wreath Laying
December 4, 2020 (Fri.) Mayflower Voyage — 400th Anniversary
Evalynn Blanco, Illinois Mayflower co-historian
January 8, 2021 (Fri.) Share the Love — Invite a Friend
February 6, 2021 (Sat.) Freedom House
Speaker: Staff Member
March 5, 2021 (Fri.) DAR Youth Day Luncheon
Program: Youth Essays
April 10, 2021 (Sat.) Combat Boots to High Heels
Speaker: Kathleen Hughes, District II Director
April 13, 2021 (Tues.) 125th Birthday, Princeton-Illinois Chapter
May 7, 2021 (Fri.) Mystery May Basket
Members — 3 or 4 items that describe you
May 31, 2021 (Mon.) Memorial Day Parade & Services
June 21, 2021 (Sat.) Potluck Salad Luncheon Bring a favorite vintage recipe/book to share
July 4, 2021 (Sun.) Let Freedom Ring Ring Bells 13 times

Gavel and Block

The gavel belonging to the Princeton-Illinois Chapter was donated during the chapter year of 1912-1913 by Miss Fannie Mosely, one of our charter members. The gavel head is made of apple wood from the Lovejoy Homestead and Underground Station in Princeton and the walnut handle came from one of the homesteads of the Bryant brothers, early settlers of the Princeton prairie and brothers of William Cullen Bryant. A small metal plate on the gavel head states “DAR” and acknowledges the woods and donor names.

The Princeton-Illinois Chapter donated three pieces of wood to the Illinois State Society’s block. One came from the first township high school in Illinois, another from the first court house in Bureau County (located in Princeton), and the last from an Underground Railroad Home near Tiskilwa, seven miles from Princeton. The donations of wood pieces occurred about 1938-1939.

Princeton-Illinois Gavel