Recent Chapter Highlights
- Hosted a commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War, personally honoring 20 veterans with family members, and featuring guest speaker, Allen J. Lynch, a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient.
- Presented $10,000 from chapter members to the Frances Willard House Museum for its Rest Cottage preservation restoration project.
- Sponsored a $9,900 NSDAR grant to the Frances Willard House Museum restoration project.
- Collaborated with William Dawes C.A.R. Society to polish and shine Frances Willard’s home in preparation for the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago.
- Procured an NSDAR Conservation Medal Award for chapter member, Beverly Laurell, and her husband Ralph.
- Procured an NSDAR Historic Preservation Award for Glen Madeja, Executive Director of Frances Willard House Museum and Archive.
- Established a chapter college scholarship for incoming active Junior Members.
- Established an internship at the historic Frances Willard House Museum.
- Presented the Northwestern University NROTC top Fourth Class Midshipman and a top NU American history doctoral candidate with monetary prizes.
- Received Illinois State Organization of the NSDAR “Outstanding Chapter Activity in the Community” and “Superior National Defense Program” awards.
- Celebrated the 125th Anniversary of the founding of the NSDAR through volunteer service to America.
Regent: Nancy R. Schultz
Vice Regent: Julie Weber Coffman
Chaplain: Patricia A. Piron
Recording Secretary: G. Elaine Harwood
Corresponding Secretary: Kathleen Grant
Treasurer: Beverly M. Laurell
Registrar: Carole Christensen Bass
Historian: Karen O. Woolard
Librarian: Mary Louise Skoglund
G. Elaine Harwood, Fort Dearborn Chapter Member. Illustration. © 2012.
– Chapter Calendar –
– 2016 / 2017 –
July Evanston’s 4th of July Parade!
August National Women’s Equality Day
Frances Willard Bust Unveiling at Evanston Civic Center
September Presentation of NSDAR Conservation Medals
“Restoring Frances Willard’s Exuberant Gardens”
October Presentation of NSDAR Historic Preservation Medal
Service to American Day at Rest Cottage
Dedication of the Willard Preservation Project
November “A Warrior in our Midst,” Native American Photos
December Holiday Celebration with William Dawes Society
Dedication of the Chapter Fireplace at Dawes House
– 2017 –
January “Portrayal of Juliette Low, Founder of the Girl Scouts”
February Annual Birthday Party for George Washington!
March “Underground Railroad, Photos of a Path to Freedom”
April “Contemporary Native Women Opening Doors to Change”
May “The Buzz about DAR,” Illinois State DAR Regent
Recent Chapter Program Topics
- Health Needs of our Military Women and Families
- Dramatic Portrayal of Gertrude Bell, British Architect and Spy
- What’s New in Illinois DAR Conservation?
- Reflections on the Vietnam War
- Update Your Knowledge of the U.S. Supreme Court
- Historic Preservation of Evanston’s Dawes House
- Anxieties of Family Separation During the Early American Republic
- A Visit from the “Real” Benjamin Franklin with our C.A.R. Children
Chapter Community Involvement
The chapter donated the first public artwork in Evanston, the Memorial Flagpole Monument in Patriots Park; the chapter later funded the memorial’s restoration. With the William Dawes Society Children of the American Revolution and the City of Evanston, the chapter planted an oak tree in the lakefront park named in honor of its founding regent, Miss Cornelia Gray Lunt.
The magnificent, historic lakefront home of U.S. Vice President Charles Gates Dawes is the site of numerous chapter events. The chapter’s archives are preserved there by EHC.
The chapter holds free genealogical help sessions at EPL each month and donates current reference books to the library’s collection of genealogical works.
The chapter contributes financially toward restoration efforts and funds an internship to aid in the preservation of the Frances Willard House Museum.
– William Dawes Society NSC.A.R. –
Originally organized in 1919, the William Dawes Society Children of the American Revolution was reorganized by the chapter in 2013. The chapter sponsors the C.A.R. Society with the assistance of other DAR chapters on the North Shore.
The chapter has hosted joint meetings and celebrations with the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) throughout the years.
The chapter has enjoyed a relationship with Northwestern University for over 120 years. An NU Ph.D. candidate in Colonial American Studies has traditionally addressed the chapter each spring and has been awarded a monetary prize.
– Northwestern University Guild –
The chapter is hosted by the Northwestern University Guild each January. The chapter’s silver collection is housed in the Guild’s Scott Hall lounge on the Northwestern campus.
The chapter regent proudly presents the NSDAR gold medal and a monetary award to the top Fourth Class Midshipman at the Northwestern University Naval ROTC Spring Review each year.
– Veterans Organizations –
The chapter contributes clothing to Chicago Stand Down for Homeless Veterans, donates layettes to the Women’s Center at the Great Lakes Lovell Federal Health Care Center, and provides financial support for various veteran activities. The chapter is a commemorative partner of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War and honors American veterans.
The DAR is a non-profit, non-political women's service organization dedicated to promoting historic preservation, education, and patriotism.
The DAR is a non-profit, non-political women's service organization dedicated to promoting historic preservation, education, and patriotism, and honoring the patriots of America's Revolutionary War.