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Welcome to the website for the Illinois State Society, National Society Daughters of the American Colonists. We hope that this site might be helpful to those seeking more information about us. The Society's nickname is "the friendly organization" and indeed it is. Thank you for visiting and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us!



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The object of this Society shall be Patriotic, Historical and Educational; to make research as to the history and deeds of the American colonist and to record and publish the same; to commemorate deeds of colonial interest; to inculcate and foster love of America and its institutions by all its residents; to obey its laws and venerate its flag—the emblem of its power and civic righteousness.

Patriotism is shown through projects of the Flag of the United States of America Committee; the National Defense Committee; the Patriotic Education Committee, which works through schools and Naturalizations Courts; the Veterans' Services Committee which, among other activities, encourages volunteer service in veterans hospitals; and the National Awards Committee, which provides annual gifts for achievement at the United States Service Academies across the country. State Societies and Chapters also present American history and citizenship awards through the work of this committee.

Historical objectives are supported through the Colonial and Genealogical Records Committee, which preserves original records; the Historic Landmarks and Memorials Committee, which is responsible for locating and marking sites of historical importance; the Yorktown Day Association Committee, which participates in the annual commemoration of the surrender of General Cornwallis to the American and French forces in 1781; and the Cape Henry Commemoration Committee, which has an important part in the observance held every year at the site where English colonists on April 26, 1607, erected a cross before establishing the first permanent English settlement at Jamestown, Virginia, on May 13, 1607, in the name of King James I of England.

Education is stressed through the American Indian Scholarship Committee, which solicits funds for use by American Indian students at Bacone College in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Other scholarships are awarded by the National Society at Iowa Wesleyan College, and by State Societies and Chapters at a number of other schools and colleges. Scholarship funds are given through the College of the Ozarks Committee. The National Defense and Patriotic Education Committees are also active in the Society's educational endeavors. DAC members give thousands of volunteer hours to all these fine committees each year.

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If you would be interested in becoming a member of the National Society Daughters of the American Colonists or just would like more information, please feel free contact the Illinois State Registrar, Margaret Sopp, at

Eligibility for membership — Any woman who is a citizen of the United States of America, is of good moral character, and has attained her eighteenth year, shall be eligible to membership, provided that she shall be acceptable to the Society and shall meet each of the following require-ments:

  • Lineal descent — the applicant shall be of lineal descendant from those men and women who were actual residents of America when it was under foreign government as colonies and who served prior to July 4, 1776 in any of the twenty-six categories listed here.
  • Proof of eligibility — the applicant shall submit evidence of lineal descent. Legal adoption shall not qualify for lineal descent. References submitted shall be independent of any other lineage society.
  • Allegiance to the United States of America. The applicant shall not be pledged to, or advocate by force or violence, the overthrow of the government of the United States of America or that of any state or territory therein, or be guilty of treasonable practices. This Society shall have the right to expel from its membership any person for any of these causes; any questions arising under this proviso shall be determined by the Society.
  • The applicant shall agree to conform to the Bylaws adopted by the National Society.

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The Illinois State Society was founded when a number of members of the National Society Daughters of the American Colonists residing in Illinois wished to organize. A meeting of those members took place in Bloomington, Illinois on March 13, 1924 and the Illinois State Society was formed with Mrs. James E. Robinsin elected as State Regent.

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Regent — Anne Sears
1st Vice Regent — Kathy Carey
2nd Vice Regent — Lorna Wright
Chaplain — Alice Uphouse
Recording Secretary — Jane Schleinzer
Corresponding Secretary — Mary Dammann
Registrar — Margaret Sopp
Treasurer — Ruth Denlinger
Historian — Susan Erlick
Librarian — Carole Wylder
Parliamentarian — TBA

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September 18, 2015 — State Society
March 5, 2016 — DuPage Chapter
September 2016 — Heritage Weekend State Society Hostess
March 2017 — George Rogers Clark Chapter
September 2017 — Heritage Weekend State Society Hostess
March 2018 — Robert Hempstead Chapter

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National Theme: Inspiring excitement and curiosity for a critical period in our nation's history through the use of current technology.

National Scripture: "A man who hath friends must show himself friendly." Proverbs 18:24

"Never forget these commands that I am giving you today. Teach them to your children. Report them when you are at home and when you are away, when you are resting and when you are working." Deuteronomy 6:7

Object Emphasis: Patriotic, Educational, Historical"

National President's Project: The funding of a "Spy Adventure App" for smartphones to be used by visitors at Mt. Vernon historical site. Targeted to ages 11-15 years, the adventure will involve finding objects, characters, and locations that will trigger responses, clues and challenges on the user's smartphone. This will educate users about Washington's role in espionage during the Revolution while allowing them a unique interaction with the estate (Mount Vernon).

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