Welcome to the Signal Hill Chapter NSDAR
We are a member of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR or DAR).
Our chapter is home to 134 members in service to the communities surrounding and including Barrington, Illinois. These women are 20 to 90+ years of age, employed and retired, married, and single – but all have verified their lineage to an American Revolutionary patriot.
We love helping prospective members prove their lineage and encouraging new Daughters to get involved in our projects that support education, patriotism, historic preservation, and conservation. In the past eight years, we have increased our donations to local and national organizations each year. Our chapter is raising our philanthropic profile in the community.
We collect comfort items for donation to VA hospitals and for VA Stand Down for homeless. We support Honor Flight Chicago with monetary donations and Thank You notes for the veterans’ mail call, and we are a Commemorative Partner with Vietnam War Veterans.
Active U.S. troops are not forgotten – we assist“No Dough” dinners through the USO for Navy personnel at Great Lakes Naval Station and contribute and assemble packages for deployed troops.
We recognize young students with essay contests and high school seniors with the DAR Good Citizens Award and scholarship funding; a portion of our donations are dedicated to Arts education for children in our communities and grants are provided to local libraries for adult programs.
Support services for homeless women and children receive funding from Signal Hill Chapter NSDAR, as do support services for those with aging family members.
We give to local historical societies and historical building restoration projects.
Our chapter is raising our philanthropic profile in the community.
Conservation projects include: cleanup and recycling initiatives, pollinator gardens, and funding community conservation organizations.
Signal Hill Chapter NSDAR is focused on service to the community and honoring our national history and patriots. We would love to assist you with your genealogy and welcome you into our National Society.
History of Signal Hill Chapter NSDAR
Signal Hill Chapter NSDAR was organized April 15, 1972, with organizing regent Peterson, presiding. The chapter name was suggested by the Barrington Area Historical Society for a high point of land north of Barrington from which early tribes of Native Americans were thought to have sent their signals. In 1975-77, Signal Hill members focused on our nation’s 200th anniversary, presented a bicentennial flag to the Barrington Bicentennial Commission. Highlights from 1977-79 included the presentation of 24 genealogy books to the Barrington Area Library and two braille flags to the Special Education Department of Lake County.
Regent DeYoung received honors for her artwork for the Illinois DAR Cookbook, Christmas cards, calendar book, DAR Magazine ads, and designs for a new bookplate for the Illinois DAR Library. During 1987-89, Signal Hill received a State Award for the largest membership increase in its category. The Constitution’s Bicentennial was celebrated with a visit from “Ben Franklin”. The 15th anniversary, of the chapter was celebrated with a tea at a historical house in Barrington.
In 1992, National Junior Citizen awards were earned for the making of the video “Just Say No,” a drug awareness program shown at local schools. Honorary Past Regent DeYoung received local, state, and national acclaim for her artwork, featured in two issues of the DAR magazine. Signal Hill’s 1992 American History Essay winner won the National American History Essay award.
In 2001, a U.S. flag and an Illinois State flag were donated to the Barrington Area Library, where chapter meetings and events have been held for many years. Signal Hill’s 2007 DAR Good Citizens Award winner won the National DAR Good Citizens Award. The chapter’s 2009 sixth grade American History Essay Contest winner was inspired by DAR members to collect items for veterans and was recognized by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for his efforts.
The chapter planted and dedicated an accolade elm tree to the Barrington Historical Society in 2010. The following year, the chapter received a National Award for VIS Website of the Month. Signal Hill’s 2011 DAR American History Essay winner won the state award. The chapter celebrated its fortieth anniversary meeting in April 2012 with Illinois State organization officers in attendance, where chapter members enacted a member-written play about the National Society's first chapter, founded in Chicago. The play and scrapbook received state and national recognition and won “The Best Commemorative Event” at State and National in 2013. Signal Hill awarded the NSDAR Historical Preservation Medal to a deserving local resident. 2015 NSDAR Literary Promotion Award for Outstanding Service to a Signal Hill Daughter. During 2015, members visited the Illinois Archives and had a personal tour from the director and attended a session of the House of Representatives. The same year, Signal Hill Chapter NSDAR joined other DAR chapters as a Commemorative Partner to honor Vietnam Veterans for the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War. During 2016, members joined other Daughters across the country in writing more than 100,000 letters to active military troops to break a Guinness World Record. At the 2016 Illinois State Conference, Signal Hill Chapter NSDAR was named the chapter for 2015 for adding a record number of new members, recognizing an American History Teacher of the Year, donating an Honor Flight sear to a deserving WWII veteran, and a sponsoring “No Dough Dinner” at Great Lakes Naval Base USO. In 2017, Signal Hill presented awards for conservation, historic preservation, community service, and women in history. A chapter member personalized and mailed more than 2,500 individual holiday greeting cards, to American military veterans in the Midwest in 2017. "Jon's Story" 2017 State and Division Award winning essay was shared by author Honorary Past Regent Kathy Boyle. In 2017, Pamela Olander published her first book "The Disappearance of Frank Meisner and the Allure of the Panama Canal, which was accepted by ILDAR library. In 2018, member Diane Sleger published on her grandfather's WWI service photographic history, which was accepted by ILDAR and NSDAR Libraries: "The Great War: a Soldier's View". Her second published book, an account of her father-in-law’s WWII experience: "One Lucky Combat Veteran" was also accepted by both ILDAR and NSDAR Libraries. Diane’s third published book, based on family genealogy research: “Shadows to Sunshine: Our Leffingwell Line” was accepted by ILDAR.
In the past decade, Signal Hill’s fall English High Tea and Drama has become a highly anticipated annual event, enabling a threefold increase in financial donations to Northwest Chicago community charities. As the Signal Hill Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, approaches its 50th Anniversary, more than 135 active members are proud to carry on the tradition of the National Society – honoring the service of our Revolutionary Patriot ancestors through activities that promote education, historical preservation, and patriotism.