Flag of the United States of AmericaSpringfield Chapter NSDAR
Springfield, Illinois

Bronze Military Statuary Outside of Lincoln's Tomb






Springfield Chapter members attended the Rose Garden Dedication at the Illinois Governor’s Mansion on May 10, 2019.

The Illinois State Organization NSDAR donated to replant the Rose Garden at the recently renovated Illinois Governor’s Mansion in Springfield, Illinois.

Rose garden dedication

mascara wands
November 17, 2018     Chapter members pose with 3784 mascara wands collected for their Wands For Wildlife conservation project.
Wands For Wildlife is a program through Appalachian Wildlife Refuge in North Carolina that uses recycled mascara wands to remove fly eggs and larva from the fur of wild animals.

May 12, 2018      Springfield Chapter Conservation Chair Lynda Kerstein presented the NSDAR Conservation Award to Brenda Larison at our annual meeting.  Ms. Larison has a passion for Monarch butterflies.  Brenda has volunteered extensively through her Monarch programs, and milkweed giveaway to increase awareness about the decline of the Monarch population. Many have benefited including the Monarch species itself. 
Conservation Award
nat ceremony
March 23, 2018   NSDAR chapters host a reception following each Naturalization Ceremony at the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois.
Springfield Chapter, Abraham Lincoln Chapter and Sargent Caleb Hopkins hosted the most recent reception.  Gale Meyer represented Springfield Chapter and is pictured in the middle

Nat Ceremony
February 17, 2018  Regent Betsy Weidner with our 2018 Good Citizens scholarship winner, Cheyenne Kesselring.  Cheyenne attends A-C Central High School. Scholarship winner
Patricia Hopkins-Price
We are so proud of chapter member Patricia Hopkins Price for serving as Illinois District V Director for 2015-2017.  Patricia has been an active member of our chapter since 1999 and has served on the board of Springfield Chapter as treasurer, first vice regent and regent.

Becky Miller
September 17, 2016: New member Becky Miller takes her turn ringing the bell to commemorate the anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution. 

Chapter members started to ring the bell at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul at 3:00 P.M., ringing it once for each year since 1787.

Chapter members helped celebrate the 125th anniversary of the founding of DAR by participating in the National DAR Day
of Service, October 11, 2015.  The chapter held a baby shower to benefit Kumler Methodist Ministries.  Kumler provides newborn layettes to local hospitals.  Pictured left to right:  Susan Beard, chapter regent; Kay James, event coordinator.

Day of Service

Funeral Train Flag
Our September 2014 program was "The Lincoln Funeral Train Recreation".   Chapter member Shirley Davison is holding a replica of the original flag, made by Annin Flagmakers, that draped Abraham Lincoln's coffin as it traveled across the country in route to Springfield in 1865.  In May 2015, this 36 star flag made specifically for the Lincoln Funeral Re-enactment by Annin Flagmakers will be used to drape the coffin.

Patriot marking
chapter members

Springfield Chapter remarked the grave of Revolutionary War Patriot Enos Campbell on August 16, 2014.  The ceremony was held at Peter Cartwright United Methodist Church in Pleasant Plains due to inclement weather.  Enos Campbell is buried in Sackett Cemetery in Gardner Township. 

Pictured left with chapter members is Ellen Gunn Crump, Chaplain Illinois State Organization and descendant of Enos Campbell and Ephraim Gard, who participated in the rededication ceremony.

Springfield Chapter, along with seven other chapters from District V, hosted a reception following the May 2, 2014 Naturalization Ceremony at the Old State Capitol in Springfield.  Sixty people took the Oath of Allegiance and became citizens of the United States. 
District V chapters that helped to hostess the May 2, 2014 Naturalization Ceremony:  Springfield, Captain William Penny, Sergeant Caleb Hopkins, Apple Creek Prairie, Pierre Menard, Reverend James Caldwell, Peter Meyer, and Nancy Ross.
naturalization ceremony

2014 State Conference The 118th State Conference was held in Bloomington, Illinois April 25-27, 2014.  Over the course of the three day conference members could choose between a variety of events including:  Technology Workshop, DAR School Luncheon, National Defense Dinner, Youth Day Awards Luncheon, and The State Banquet.  
Pictured top row: HODAR "Bud" Beckhoff, Leah Beckhoff, Associate Member Taylor Traynoff, Jane Running, Nancy Wohlers.
Bottom row: Past Chapter Regent Patricia Hopkins Price, Regent Beverly Dillon, State Regent Pamela Bork, Past Chapter Regent Martha Bradley

David Kloppe, a member of the Wabose Society Children of the American Revolution, built and erected a box for our chapter to collect retired American Flags.  It is located in the parking lot of Engel's On Edwards styling salon at the corner of MacArthur Boulevard and Edwards, 552 South MacArthur Boulevard, Springfield, Illinois. Deposited flags are taken to the American Legion who holds flag retirement ceremonies. Sixty-eight flags have been collected in 2014 alone. flag collection box

Memorial Service Each year we hold a Memorial Service honoring those daughters of our chapter who have passed away within the last year.  Mary Alice Taft is pictured placing a carnation  at our March 15, 2014 meeting in honor of one of our deceased members.

YouTube icon Lieutenant Colonel Craig Rush USMC (Ret) presented the program: "Piloting Marine One" at our December 21, 2013 meeting.  His career in the Marine Corps began in 1989, designated a Naval Aviator in 1992, reported to Marine Helicopter Squadron One (HMX-l), know as the President's squadron, Quantico, VA, in 2003 earning the title Command Pilot and Marine One Aircraft Commander.  He is one of only a small number of Marine pilots given this prestigious position.  He transported President George W. Bush. 

YouTube icon Regent Beverly Dillon appeared on ABC NewsChannel 20 Midday Spotlight on October 23, 2013.  She spoke about Daughters of the American Revolution, and our chapter's Meet With the Registrar sessions that are held at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library.

Our program every September is Constitution Week and our chapter's copy of the U.S. Constitution is on display.  All chapter members are encouraged to sign it.  Pictured is Constitution Week Chairman, Shirley Davison. constitution

  Constitution Week To commemorate the 226th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution, on September 17, 2013, beginning at 3:00 P.M. the bell at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Springfield was rung 226 times.

Back row left to right:  Virginia Coughlin, Regent Beverly Dillon, Patricia Hopkins Price, Susan Beard, Joyce Stowers. Front row left to right:  Barbara Rowe, Martha Bradley.

Annually in May, Springfield Chapter lays a wreath at the Lincoln Historic Site Receiving Vault, Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, Illinois.  This was the first location of President Abraham Lincoln's remains. wreath

In February we host a luncheon to present the DAR Good Citizens Awards to eight area high school students. A scholarship is presented to the chapter essay winner. Each year we present a flag folding ceremony, including the meaning of each fold, for the Good Citizens and their guests.

Springfield Chapter and three other DAR chapters host a reception following the Naturalization Ceremony at the Old State Capitol in Springfield. DAR provides a study book for the citizenship exam. We proudly present an American flag to each new citizen. 

Pictured is Chapter member Susan Beard, ready to serve punch at a reception following the November 2012 ceremony.

Susan Beard

Springfield Chapter NSDAR has held an annual Genealogical Seminar since the summer of 1961.  Information distributed included samples of family sheets, pedigree charts, how to request forms for vital and civil records and how to use internet resources and genealogical libraries. Martha Bradley is pictured.
Martha Bradley

helmet linersmail
Springfield Chapter joined the efforts to keep our Army troops comfortable in extreme weather.  Our chapter project chair, Thelma Daywalt, rallied chapter members, church groups, and others to knit 100% wool helmet liners and scarves,  and to sew neck coolers.   Over four years 20,000 neck coolers were sent to our troops .  Pictured are the 3750 neck coolers sewn in 2012, and neck coolers all boxed, addressed and waiting to be shipped to troops in Afghanistan.
A thank you note from these soldiers at Camp Nathan Smith in Afghanistan expressed their appreciation for the box of  neck coolers we sent them and for our chapter's support to the troops.

Captain Nathan Smith

Bonnie Long, pictured left, is being shown knitted helmets by Thelma Daywalt, prior to a shipment to our troops in Afghanistan.  Bonnie Long of Knit Wits in Springfield,  Illinois designed the original knitted helmet pattern that we are using.  Over three years we knitted 361 helmet liners, 209 scarves, and 41 caps and gaters (a knitted item that is for the neck).
What so proudly we hail at the Illinois State Fair Parade. Martha Bradley is at the wheel with Jean Metcalf waving to the crowd.  DAR at the Illinois State Fair Parade

ticonderoga Pin

Wauline Quick, chapter Registrar in 2005, conceived the idea for our Ticonderoga pin, which was designed by Carol Loper who was our chapter Historian at the time. Click on the pin for a larger image.


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