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The origin and meaning of the chapter name comes from the local history of the Palos area. The silt laid down by the waters of Lake Chicago in the Palos region had great porosity and capacity to stand in vertical walls. Some hundred years ago, within what is now the forest preserve of Cook County, thousands of barn swallows nested in the vertical face of the Swallow Cliff outcrop on the Neumann Creek. People used to congregate to watch the swallows’ aerial flying maneuvers being displayed to capture flying insects and then to dive into their burrows to feed their young. When La Grange Road (Route 45) needed to be widened, the roadways cut right through the cliff. Despite the addition of protective screening to prevent vandalism, the swallows all but disappeared. The cliffs in the forest preserve later became the site of the Swallow Cliff Toboggan Slides, which no longer exist.

Swallow Cliff
Swallow Cliff

Original Swallow Cliffs


Meetings are held on the third Saturday of the month with luncheons in May, October, and December. No meetings are held during the summer months. For more information or to attend a meeting contact us.


Sept. 18, 2021 Can You Answer the Questions?
Presented by Gale Shafer
Oct. 16, 2021 40th Anniversary Luncheon
Swallow Cliff History
Presented by Marilyn Earnest
Nov. 20, 2021 Society of the Honor Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Presented by Ralph Till
Dec. 4, 2021 Holiday Luncheon — Community Service Award
Jan. 15, 2022 Memories to Share
Presented by Gale Shafer
Feb. 19, 2022 DAR Good Citizens Awards
Presented by Miriam Giebel and Sara Ward
Mar. 19, 2022 These Shining Lives
Presented by Mary Ellen Hawk
Apr. 9, 2022 Purses Filled with Love
Presented by Lynn Gray and Gale Shafer
May 21, 2022 How Do You Connect with the Founding Our Country?
Presented by Susan Snow
Swallow Cliff March Meeting

After hearing our March speaker Douglas Stiles give his presentation, “Abraham Lincoln’s Watch,” the chapter gathered with Mr. Stiles for a photo to go in the Bicentennial collage at the State Conference.

Swallow Cliff December Luncheon

December Luncheon

Swallow Cliff Member Volunteer

Member Demonstrated Authentic World War II Pilot Outfit


Regent Lynn Gray
Vice Regent Gale Shafer
Chaplain Linda Laciak
Recording Secretary Sara Ward
Corresponding Secretary Ellen Stutz
Treasurer Audra Gray
Registrar Eles Miller
Historian Marilyn Earnest
Librarian Linda Michaels
Swallow Cliff December Luncheon

At our March 17 meeting, Swallow Cliff Chapter celebrated the 90th birthday of our organizing regent, Marilyn Earnest, with a cake and edible fruit arrangement. Marilyn is 49-year DAR member and is chapter historian and Honor Flight Chairman.

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