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Naperville’s Daughters of the American Revolution

There’s a group in town, dedicated to preserving the essence of the Constitution.

“The Daughters of the American Revolution was a social society created by direct descendants of those patriots who served in the American Revolution and it is a civic organization to perpetuate the American ideals and our American history,” said Curator of Research at Naper Settlement, Bryan Ogg.

Established in 1928, the Fort Payne Chapter operates throughout Naperville, promoting history in libraries, schools and public places.

Their librarian, Bettye Wehrli can trace her lineage back to a Virginia soldier who served in the Revolutionary War.

“It’s kind of a band of sisters, we’re very proud of the things we do and we certainly do welcome people who want to. We’re getting more young women in, and we do welcome new members, all the time, to keep the wheels going so to speak, and to make sure young people are aware of our heritage,” said Wehrli.

They also promote that heritage by holding an essay contest each year, awarding a college scholarship to the winner, and recognizing citizens who are dedicated to community service.

But beyond that, they help preserve the history around us, for everyone to learn from and enjoy.

“We recently, with Bryan’s help, put up a marker in Naperville cemetery honoring a revolutionary war soldier,” said Wehrli.

All part of their goal to uphold the memory and mission of the constitution, for generations to come.

“I think it’s so important to realize what people went through to give us freedom, because it’s unique in all the world, it really is, the kind of freedom we have here,” said Wehrli.

A freedom that the Daughters of the American Revolution have in their genes.

Naperville News 17’s Evan Summers responds.


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