to the Illinois Society United States Daughters of 1812.
Our national society was organized on January 8, 1892 on the
anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans. Our goals are:
is an exciting time to become a member of our society as we have just
finished commemorating the bicentennial
War of 1812 and interest in our organization is high. Look for us
around the state of Illinois as we
the graves of patriots, and participate in other historic events.
A brochure with additional information about our national
If you believe in the goals of our
society, perhaps you would like to join us. In order to
member, you must be able to prove lineal descent
ancestor who rendered military, naval or civil service between the
close of the American Revolutionary War in 1783 and the close of the
War of 1812 in 1815. Military service may be in any one of sixteen
recognized engagements between those dates. You can download
Members of the Kaskaskia Chapter participated in a dedication ceremony
for a fence surrounding the grave of Captain Benjamin Godfrey, War of
1812 veteran and founder of Godfrey, Illinois on October 21, 2018. The
chapter donated to the project. The ceremony was sponsored by the
Ninian Edwards Chapter, DAR. Attending the ceremony was State President
Honorary State President Lola DeGroff (right) installed the new
officers able to attend. L-R, Leah Beckhoff, State President and
Susan McPeters and Kathy Elliott present the program.
Alice Cripe, Dorothy Albert, Virginia Rinehart, Marie Boedecker, Paul
Dorocke, Mr. Elliott
Jone VanWinkle, Betty Ruth Hoellerich, Patricia Hopkins-Price, Honorary
State President Carole Wylder,
Honorary State President Lola DeGroff, Jim DeGroff, Linda Wasem
Nancy Sheppard, Linda Williams, Christine Henderson
Outgoing State Registrar Joy Upton, speaker Kathy Elliott, and outgoing
State Chaplain Leah Beckhoff
Outgoing State Secretary Kathy Zimmerman, speaker Susan McPeters,
Sangamon River Chapter President Lynda Kerstein
Illinois Society N.S.U.S.D. 1812 held their annual meeting March 24,
2018 in Springfield, Illinois. Sangamon River Chapter
was the hostess chapter for this year’s meeting. Unfortunately
there were many unable to attend at the last minute due to
inclement weather; including State President Kimberly Nagy. The
program was “Forgotten Illinois: The Battle of Campbell’s
Island During the War of 1812 and the Monument Commemorating the Event”
by Susan McPeters and Kathy Elliott.
Congratulations to Leah Beckhoff the new state president.
State President Kim Nagy presides over the 2017 State Council held at
the Grace Lutheran Church in Springfield on March 11th. Kaskaskia
Chapter was the hostess chapter.
Mary Truitt from the Illinois National Road Association of Illinois
presented the program on the National Road.
Left - Dale Phillips, Superintendent of the Lincoln Home National
Historic Site, gave an excellent program on the Battle of New Orleans
at the state council meeting on March 28, 2015 in Springfield, IL.
Right - newly installed state officers:: (left to right) Susan Dove,
Chaplain; Kathy Zimmerman, Secretary; Rose Wilson, Curator; Kathleen
Haas, Historian/Librarian; Teri-Ellen Rogers, Treasurer; Mary
Barringer, Vice President; and Dr. Kimberly Nagy, President. Not
present was Joy Upton, Registrar.
State President Lola DeGroff with President National Ginger Apyer
during the National Society of the War f 1812 Triennial meeting in
Baltimore, MD in September 2014. The President National dedicated the
cannon which was purchased by the USD1812 for Fort McHenry.
March 29, 2014 state meeting in Springfield, IL.
(L) State President Lola DeGroff thanks author Eddie Price for
presenting a wonderful program about the soldiers of Kentucky during
the War of 1812. Price is the prize winning author of Widder's Landing.
Worthen, president of the Kaskaskia Chapter, presents a Spirit of 1812
award to Jim DeGroff.
Kinzie Chapter President Kim Nagy, State Historian Kathleen Haas, and
State President Lola DeGroff presented a program at the First Annual
Illinois Heritage Weekend in East Peoria, Illinois on September 28,
to Charles B. Schweizer who received the Spirit of 1812 award during
the state council held in Bloomington, Illinois on March 2, 2013. He
was nominated by the Kaskaskia Chapter. Behind him is State President
Lola DeGroff and his daughter and son-in-law.
Dolley Madison (aka Barbara Kay)
President Kathy Haas spoke at the Battle of Fort Dearborn
Commemoration Day at the Chicago History Museum on August 11, 2012