Rochelle Chapter

National Society Daughters of the American Revolution
—Rochelle, Illinois—

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Rochelle Daughters with our original chapter charter from 1900.

The Rochelle Chapter, NSDAR, is named after the city in which it was founded.

Chapter History

The Rochelle Chapter, NSDAR, was organized May 19, 1900, just 10 years after the organization of our National Society in 1890. The Rochelle Chapter, NSDAR, was organized by Mrs. Frank (Josephine Waite) Barker. Mrs. Barker had been interested in the progress of the National Society and through friends had kept in touch with the work being done in Illinois.

The State Regent at the time, Mrs. Waite Talcott of Rockford, Illinois, was invited to Rochelle, which resulted in the organization of the Rochelle Chapter, NSDAR. Mrs. Barker was fittingly appointed by the State Regent to be the first Regent of the Rochelle Chapter, NSDAR. The charter membership of the chapter was twenty-two, being one the largest initial memberships in the State. An interesting fact is that the chief topic of that first meeting in 1900, was the possibility of raising funds to help build Memorial Continental Hall, our national headquarters located in Washington D.C.

In 1992, the chapter placed a DAR marker at the gravesite of Mrs. Barker in Lawnridge Cemetery in Rochelle.

Barker House

The home of Josephine Waite Barker, 1906.

Chapter Officers

Regent Lydia Roberts
Vice Regent Susan Hillison
Chaplain Justine Laquer
Recording Secretary Judy Schermerhorn
Treasurer Beverly May Wiginton
Registrar Laurie Perry
Historian Susan Hillison
Librarian Sarah Flanagan


Chapter meetings are held from September through May. Our programs focus on historical topics, genealogy, and volunteer efforts. We welcome visitors and prospective members. Contact us with any DAR or chapter questions.

September 21, 2018 “Constitution Week”
Sarah Flanagan
September 17-23, 2018 Constitution Week
October 11, 2018 NSDAR National Day of Service
October 13, 2018 Bingo
LaSalle Veterans' Home
October 19, 2018 “From Then to Now—A Short History of NSDAR”
Patricia Holcomb, District II Director
October 25-26, 2018 Rockford Stand Down for Veterans
November 17, 2018 RTHS Band Students Report on the Band Trip
December 9, 2018 “Illinois Bicentennial”
Veterans Christmas Cards and Cookie Exchange
February 15, 2019 “Chinese Medicine Benefits Women”
Jessica Delimata
March 16, 2019 DAR Good Citizen Luncheon
Nancy Detig, Chairman Good Citizens Committee
March 29, 2019 “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day”
April 7, 2019 Family Recipes Potluck
May 18, 2019 Anderson Gardens Tour
June 21, 2019 “History of Spring Lake”
Tom McDermott
July 18, 2019 Ladies Night Out
August 18, 2019 Summer Dessert Mixer

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Website last updated March 18, 2019

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