National Society Daughters of the American Revolution
is Eligible to Join?
in DAR is very rewarding. To become a member, a woman must be
at least 18 years old and be able to prove direct descent from a person
who rendered patriotic service during the American Revolution. If you
think you are eligible, come to one of our meetings or send an e-mail
to our registrar,
Many of our members are willing to help you find ways to document your
anxious to meet you and have
you be a part of our chapter. Click here
to see a listing of
patriots associated with our chapter.
We are so glad you
decided to visit us at our home on the information
superhighway. The Swallow Cliff Chapter was organized October
1981. Since then, the chapter has worked diligently to
the objects of our society: "to cherish, maintain, and extend
institutions of American freedom, to foster true patriotism and love of
country, and to aid in security for mankind all the blessings of
liberty." The chapter presents ROTC awards, honors DAR Good
from local high schools, sponsors the American History essay contest
for students in 5th to 8th grades, supports our nation's troops and
veterans, and sponsors the Knoll Springs Society Children of the
American Revolution. The chapter installed a bronze plaque
mark the site of "The Land of the Healing Waters," a historic Indian
site in Willow Springs, Illinois. Currently, the Swallow
Chapter is raising
funds to send World War II veterans to Washington, D.C. as part of the
Honor Flight program.
The origin and
meaning of the chapter name comes from this history:
The silt laid down by the waters of Lake Chicago in the Palos
area had great porosity and capacity to stand in vertical walls.
Situated in the forest preserve of Cook County, thousands of
barn swallows and some kingfishers nested in the vertical face of the
some hundred years
ago, which was known as the Swallow Cliff outcrop on the Neumann Creek.
The roadway was
cut right through the cliff when LaGrange Road (Route
45) was widened as traffic increased over the years, and despite
protection by wire screening to prevent vandalism, the birds
disappeared. A few swallows still attempt to nest there, but
is now a busy road. People used to congregate to watch their
aerial maneuvers, capturing flying insects and diving into their
burrows to feed their young.
The last Indian
residing in Palos was a squaw living in her wigwam on
top of Swallow Cliff. The cliffs in the forest preserve were
of the famous Swallow Cliff Toboggan Slides which no longer remain.
photo of Swallow Cliff Toboggan Slides)
normally held on the third Saturday of the month at 1 p.m., September
through May. For additional information, please contact our Regent.
|Sept. 19, 2015
the Law" presented by Peter Bilanzic, lawyer
|Oct. 17, 2015
|Service to Veterans - 125th
DAR Anniversary service project
|Nov. 21, 2015
|"Kuwait Experience and
Project Patriot" presented by Erick Matherly
IL National Guard 181st
|Dec. 19, 2015
|Holiday Luncheon "DAR
Through the Generations"
|Jan. 16, 2016
|"Domestic Violence and Help
South Suburbs" presented by Representative from the Crisis
Center for South Suburbia
|Feb. 20, 2016
History Essay Winners &
DAR Good Citizen Award Winners
|Mar. 19, 2016
|"Jackie Cochran and World
Women’s Airforce Service Pilots" presented by Rebecca Tulloch,
Prairie Star Productions
|April 23, 2016
|"History of the Palos Area"
presented by Robert Busch, Palos Historical Society
|May 21, 2016
|"Mementoes from Home for
Going off to War" presented by Lynn Gray and Spring Luncheon
created by Lola DeGroff
October 6, 2009. Last update August 18, 2015
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