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Libertyville’s Ansel Brainerd Cook was a shining example of American pride at Libertyville Days

93 entries were in the Libertyville Days Parade whose theme this year was “A Celebration for All”. Members of Libertyville’s Ansel Brainerd Cook Chapter (ABC) National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR), Children of the American Revolution (CAR), and Husbands of the Daughters of the American Revolution (HODAR) were all patriotically dressed and ready to enter the parade carrying the American ABC flag. Dorotha Betke, one of ABC’s senior members, was the proud flag-waving passenger in a red convertible Mini Cooper driven by ABC member Renee Peterson. CBA member Susan McGlade and HODAR Ed McGlade are Civil War period re-enactors. They wore their period clothes and also participated in the parade. The CAR handed out American flags and wrapped patriotic-themed candy along the parade route.

ABC also had a stand in beautiful Cook Park, directly across from the Ansel Brainerd Cook Home. The stand was adorned with patriotic red, white and blue decorations. ABC members were there to answer any questions about the DAR or anything related to genealogy. American flags and candies were also distributed.

ABC Chapter members have a group of volunteer genealogists who help people discover their family roots. These genealogy workshops take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the basement of the Cook Library. Everyone is welcome to attend these workshops. The 2022 dates of our next workshops are 7-6, 8-6, 9-7, 10-5, 11-19 and 12-7.

If you are interested in joining the DAR, or just need help finding your family, please join us, we would love to meet you!!

The NSDAR is a lineage-based membership service organization for women who are directly descended from someone involved in the United States’ efforts toward independence. Any woman 18 years of age or older, regardless of race, religion, or ethnicity, who can prove that she is a direct descendant of an American Revolutionary Patriot is eligible for membership.

The Ansel Brainerd Chapter, NSDAR, celebrates its 45th year. The chapter was organized in September 1977 in Libertyville by 17 members. The chapter has now grown to include over 175 members. In 2021, ABC Chapter members volunteered 7,705 hours in the communities where we work and live.


The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote historic preservation, education, and patriotism. Its more than 190,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters around the world have all proven their lineage as patriots who achieved American independence during the Revolutionary War. The DAR is one of the most active service organizations. DAR members are committed to volunteerism after serving more than 12.5 million hours in communities around the world.

For more information on the Ansel Brainerd Cook Chapter, please visit:

https://ildar.org/chapters/anselbrainerdcook or email us at: [email protected]

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