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Sauk Trail Chapter NSDAR

Chicago Heights, Illinois

About Us

Sauk Trail Chapter NSDAR was organized on July 15, 1926. Thirteen members met with Illinois State Regent, Anna May Bowman (Mrs. Frank J.), in the Chicago Heights home of Anna Clayton. The second chapter meeting was held in the Thomas Hotel in Chicago Heights. Most subsequent meetings were held in the homes of the members. In the 1980s meetings were moved to libraries or churches of Chicago Heights and Park Forest. Our chapter continues to meet on the first Saturday of the month from September through May.

During the centennial celebration of the first white settler in the southeast Cook County area, the chapter installed a bronze marker to signify the settler location near the intersection of Chicago Road and Lincoln Highway. Later a large engraved boulder honoring the thirteen early settlers was placed in the Forest Preserve along Sauk Trail.

Chapter members continue to support the NSDAR goals of education, historical preservation and patriotism on the national, state, and local levels. Honoring good citizens began in the 1930s with only one school participating. Today, our chapter sends information packets to more than twenty schools in the area. We donate U.S. flags for a number of special occasions. In 1934, a large outdoor flag was given to Bloom High School. In 1987, the chapter donated a replica of the historic 44-star U.S. flag to Dorband-Howe House built in 1891. Braille flags have been distributed to many Americans with visual impairment. Today, our members place holiday and Memorial Day flags at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery to honor and remember our soldiers. We donate supplies and monies to Manteno Veterans Home as well as to local educational and charitable organizations. In 1969 our chapter marked the grave of William Hewes, a revolutionary war soldier buried in Crete Cemetery. Chapter members continue to maintain his headstone and DAR bronze marker.

When the chapter was organized in 1926, nearly all the members lived in a small area of Chicago Heights. The chapter has grown to include members from the south suburbs and northwest Indiana. During our rich history, chapter members have served on the state level as committee chairs, and a few Sauk Trail Daughters of the American Revolution have organized new chapters. Our members still strive to be active on the local and state levels. Sauk Trail Chapter NSDAR proudly celebrated its 90th Anniversary in May of 2016.


Regent Nancy Shlaes
Vice Regent Kathy King-Watters
Chaplain Candace Paris-Rush
Recording Secretary Rosemary Schneekloth
Corresponding Secretary Loleta Knight
Treasurer Suzette Frederick
Registrar Sharron Hanson
Historian Judith Dunn
Librarian Robin Willis


We meet from September through May in Monee. Our meetings include a light lunch, business meeting and a program. For more information, please contact us.

September 5, 2020 The Flag of the United States of America via Zoom
Natalie Littva-Mitchell
October 3, 2020 Domestic Violence Awareness via Zoom
Jennifer Gabrenya, Exec. Dir., South Suburban Family Shelter
November 7, 2020 History of Taps via Zoom
Mary Arvidson, Regent, Eli Skinner Chapter
December 5, 2020 Serving Those Who Have Served Us via Zoom
Sharla Luken, State Regent
January 2, 2021 Packages for Patriots via Zoom
Diana Kwak, President Illinois C.A.R.
February 6, 2021 Milkweeds for Monarchs via Zoom
February 27, 2021 Mini Meeting via Zoom
Sharla Luken, State Regent
March 6, 2021 Historical Flags via Zoom
Carol Castellon, Alliance Chapter
April 3, 2021 Historic Monee Creamery via Zoom
Christi Holston, President Monee Historical Society
May 1, 2021 Annual Meeting and Memorial Service