Welcome to Illinois Daughters of the American Revolution

Historic Preservation

Historic Preservation

Illinois Daughters participate in a wide variety of historic preservation projects as it is crucial to saving our history for future generations.

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We are passionate about educating America’s youth and support a variety of different programs, scholarships, contests and awards to help further this goal.

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Love of country was the purpose our ancestors fought for freedom and it is the bond that unites us. Illinois Daughters work to enhance our nation's patriotic appreciation.

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Be Yourself, Be Together, Be DAR


We hope that you’ll enjoy your visit while learning about our organization.

Did you know that Illinois is known as “The First in the Nation” in the National Society? We are! Following the formation of the National Society on October 11, 1890, the Illinois State Organization NSDAR was founded in the spring of 1891. Since that time, our state organization has grown to over 7,600 members within the seven districts in Illinois.

The bee is the symbol for my administration. Why a bee? Because of its significance in not only the Revolutionary War but also to our great state of Illinois. During the Revolutionary War, a swarm of bees made a positive impact on the outcome of the war. Also, in colonial times, bees represented stability. So in 1779, the Continental Congress had printed on their currency a 13-ring bee skep (hive) which represented the stability of the 13 colonies. In Illinois, bees have been, and continue today, to be important to agriculture and our food supply. Reportedly, 80% of the world’s plants are pollinated by bees. So bees are important to everyone!

During 2015–2017, our members are encouraged to “Communicate, Educate, and Motivate” one another to “Be Yourself, Be Together, Be DAR!”

Bee-lieving in DAR,
Sharon Crumbaker Frizzell
State Regent

State Theme
Be Yourself, Be Together, Be DAR

State Scriptures
Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
— Proverbs 16:24

Encourage one another and build each other up.
— 1 Thessalonians 5:11

State Motto
Communicate, Educate, Motivate

State Song
“America the Beautiful”

State Regent's Project
2015-2016: Kate Duncan Smith DAR School — Renovation of the baseball field and the “Illinois Dugout;” and promoting membership
2016-2017: Focus is patriotism and historic preservation. Funds raised will be used to purchase items for the Illinois veterans’ hospitals and homes and to preserve historical items at our national headquarters; and promoting membership


With over 100 chapters throughout Illinois, there is probably a DAR chapter near you.

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An important part of the DAR is promoting education. Each year, Illinois Daughters award college scholarships.

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Wherever you are in your genealogical process, we are here to help, from online databases to local workshops.

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Illinois daughters contribute time and money to restore and maintain historic sites across our great state.

Illinois DAR Legacy

Please enjoy this video highlighting our Illinois Legacy of Leadership.

Is there a Revolutionary patriot in your family tree?

Membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) honors and preserves the legacy of your patriot ancestor. You can find out more about what qualifies you to be a member here, or find a chapter close to you.

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