We collect and distribute items to our nation's veterans
and to military members serving in harm's way; conduct an American
History Essay contest and award prizes to winning students in grades
5-8; recognize deserving High School seniors with Good Citizenship
medals; support the Labels for Education program; contribute genealogy
records to the DAR and local libraries; participate in local area
parades and events; raise money for the U.S.O. and collect and donate
supplies and money to DAR-sponsored schools.
to Rachel Dugan, Highland High School, and Hannah Ditter, Triad High
School, who were honored with the DAR Good Citizen Award in 2014.
The Silver Creek Chapter placed its first Little Free Library in front
of the old firehouse in New Douglas, Ill. in October 2014.
Kevin Kaegy presented a program on the Battle of Hill's Fort
(Greenville, Ill) at the October meeting.
Members of the Silver Creek Chapter talked to third graders about the
Constitution during the Latzer Homestead Harvest Days.
Kay portrays a Civil War soldier during the meeting in April 2014.
She told stories of Illinois women who disguised themself to
District VI Director
Carol Wood told us all about "Our DAR Insignia and Sashes" at the March
Historical Society president Lynn Hargus accepts the National Society
DAR Historic Preservation Recognition Award from Lola DeGroff as Roland
Harris looks on. Harris was one of the people who started the
receives the National Society DAR Historic Preservation Medal.
Kay gave a first person program on Julia Ward Howe at the February 2014
meeting. Howe is best remembered as the author of "The Battle
Hymn of the Republic."
Cheryl White gave an excellent program about 'modern slavery' at the
January 2014 meeting.
Christmas Parade, November 29, 2013
Latzer Homestead Harvest Days on September 6, 2013, visiting
third-grade students learned more about George Rogers Clark and his
troops march through what is now Illinois from Cahokia to Fort
Sackville in Indiana. The red and green flag at left is a replica of
chaplain Vicki Allen, treasurer Christy McDougal, regent Cheri Kuhn and
member Lola DeGroff attended the Illinois DAR District VI meeting in
Altamont, Illinois, on June 1, 2013. The meeting marked DeGroff's last
as the District VI Director.
State Regent Candace Fryburger (second from left) watches as Vickie
Allen (left) installs new chapter officers: Regent Cheri Kuhn, Vice
Regent Dixie Pittenger; Secretary Barbara Rakers; Treasurer Christie
McDougal; Historian Jane Johnson; and Registrar Cheryl White. Ms
Fryburger Fryburger said that the objectives established in the
organization’s beginning remain the same today: Historical,
Educational, and Patriotic. She described the many
committees of DAR such as American Heritage, Conservation, Service to
Veterans, and Historic Preservation, and encouraged members to
find an interest to pursue.
“The good works of DAR are needed more
today than ever before,” said Fryburger.
“Working together we can make a difference.”
Mersinger from Triad High School and McKinsey Shelton from Highland
High School were the DAR Good Citizen award winners from Silver Creek
our February 2013 meeting, Dr. Paul Wreford, SWIC Speakers Bureau, told
us many interesting facts about the history of Valentine's Day,
including some early Valentine customs.
our January 2013, we learned all about "The History and Mystery of
Chocolate." Those are samples on the table behind our speaker.
the chapter's December 2012 meeting, Lynn Rehberger spoke about
antiques. She is holding a handkerchief collectible from the St. Louis
Lola and Connie at the Highland IL 175th Jubilee. It was a great
weekend of Swiss/German entertainment, food, and the Milestones Walk: A
timeline of Highland History. We were part of it. Thanks to all
stopped by and took our Constitution test.
McDougal (left) and Lola DeGroff (right) represented Silver
Creek Chapter at the 116th Illinois DAR State Conference in
Springfield, IL April 27th - 29th, 2012. The theme of the 116th State
Conference was "Think About the Future."
the April 2012 chapter meeting, member Christy McDougal wore clothes
that a woman would have worn if mourning during the War Between
Creek Chapter Regent Jean Oestringer (right) thanks Wayne Marcus for
his presentation at the March 2012 meeting.
Creek Chapter Regent Jean Oestringer (right) thanks Barbara Kay for
the program on Amelia Earhart at the February 2012 meeting.
Behind them is a map showing the route of Earhart's June
Local historian and author Kevin Kaegy spoke to the chapter in
October 2011 about the Underground Railroad in Illinois.
Local historian Roland Harris was
the guest speaker at the May 2011 meeting. Harris told us much
life of Louis Latzer and his home built outside of Highland.
State Regent and past National officer Mary Jo Mordhorst told about the
Tomb of the Unknown
during the April 2011 meeting.
Barbara Kay portrayed Dolley Madison at
the March 2011 meeting.
Author and historian Kevin Kaegy brought
a collection of antique photos to the meeting in February 2011
Robert Cook spoke to the chapter
in November 2010 about "Presidential Wit and Humor"
At the October 2010 meeting, Cheri Kuhn
models a shawl brought by speaker Candy Buechler
Several chapter members took a
field trip on May 8th to visit Bob Eversgerd's Fort near
A display of Indian artifacts
collected by one of the chapter members.
The Silver Creek Chapter celebrated
Women's History Month at their March meeting.
Here Martha Washington (aka Barbara Kay) displays what might have been
the menu at one
of the 'mother' of our country's dinner parties.
The chapter held its third Cook-off
during its February meeting.
State Regent Luanne Bruckner (right) presents the coveted silver ladle
to Cheryl White
who made the winning entry, Steuben Stew.
Some of the many antiques and
collectibles brought in by members during the December 2009
Antiques Road Show
Registered Dietician Laurie Beebe told
us how to decipher food labels during the November 2009 meeting
Mary Kay Tonnies
discussed the Media Reform Movement and what it has to do with
Democracy during the October 2009 meeting.
Lola DeGroff presents
the Betsy Ross flag during the Genl George Rogers Clark Chapter SAR
presented at Hills Fort Society Living History Days, September 19-20,
Kevin Monroe as "A
Citizen in Colonial America" at the September 2009 meeting
Week with area 3rd graders during Latzer Harvest Days, September 2009
Candy Buechler in front
of a drawing of her ancestor, Marie Rouensa
Barbara Kay as Mary Todd
Team Jeopardy Winning
Team in February 2009
Lynn Rehberger discusses one of the
antiques during the December luncheon/Antiques Roadshow
District VI Director LuAnne Mattern
(left) presents the
Silver Ladle to 2009 Chili/Soup
Cookoff Winner Connie Langsdorf
Felicia Voelkel from the
Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, Inc., spoke about the Long
Term Care ombudsman program.
The chapter celebrated
25 years of service with a C'Anniversary party on October 11th, 2008.
brought food and other products for the Highland Food Pantry.
the western migration period and the U.S. Constitution
during Homestead Harvest Days at Latzer Homestead, September 2008
Garden Club President Kay Ahaus discusses "Plants of Honor"
Collmann gave an interesting talk on the use of divining rods.
The Silver Creek Chapter
recognized Marlene Voshoiller
for performing the Heimlich maneuver and saving the life of a co-worker.
Lynn Rehberger discusses
some of the antiques from our "Antiques Roadshow"
Chapter's First Chili/Soup Cook-off was a tremendous success
Cook-off Winner Jean Oestringer receives 'coveted' silver ladle
State Regent Betty Ford, January 2008
Pioneer Mothers and the Madonna of
the Trail Monuments during Highland IL Christmas
Parade, Nov. 23, 2007