servicing the shrine of the Liberty Bell of the West State Historic Site on Kaskaskia Island, in honor of
the 125th anniversary of the founding of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution
which is being celebrated throughout this year. The Liberty Bell of the West will also be participating and
volunteering at Chester's Evergreen Cemetery Event this year. The DAR, which is comprised of the
descendants of the Patriots who won American independence, was founded on October 11, 1890, as a
service organization to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism.
Members of the local Liberty Bell of the West Chapter will be preparing the shrine for winter by
giving the door a fresh coat of paint and sprucing up the windows with some paint as well. They will also
be preparing the surrounding flower beds for winter and overall grounds sweeping. At Evergreen
Cemetery, on October 18th, Chapter members will be assisting with planned events and some members
will be reenacting their revolutionary ancestors, while others will be reenacting their ancestors who are
buried in Evergreen Cemetary.
“Our chapter, which was organized in July 2002, carries out the important mission of the National
Society here on the local level,” said Chapter Regent Joan Montroy. “We’re excited to demonstrate the
vibrancy and contributions of today’s DAR by serving our local community as Daughters have been
doing throughout the nation for 125 years.”
There are currently nearly 180,000 members of the DAR, serving in approximately 3,000 chapters
across the nation and in several foreign countries. More than 940,000 women have joined the organization
since its founding 125 years ago.
“Interest in membership is at all-time highs due to both the ability to share genealogical
information through the internet and the fact that we offer today’s busy woman a meaningful opportunity
to express her love of country and to complete the joyful responsibilities of citizenship,” said National
Society DAR President General Lynn Forney Young.
During the current three-year administration coinciding with the 125th anniversary celebration, the
organization has issued a challenge to complete 10 million hours of service to America. DAR members
from coast to coast will also participate in the National DAR Day of Service on October 11, 2015. This
one day of nationwide service is just an example of the work that Daughters have been completing for 125
years in communities across the nation.
“We are proud to carry out DAR’s mission to celebrate our American way of life,” said Montroy.
“All women who can document descent from a Revolutionary War Patriot are encouraged to consider the
many benefits of joining. We are eager to welcome new members to our chapter, and we have volunteers
available to help them research and complete their genealogy in order to apply for membership.”
Prospective members are encouraged to visit www.DAR.org to learn more and to contact the local
chapter at firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain more information about membership eligibility.