At the May meeting of the Signal Hill Chapter, NSDAR, of Barrington, Barbara Damisch was recognized and awarded for her unwavering work and support in rescuing and conserving historical documents and artifacts from Rutland Township.
Mrs. Damisch, a former DAR member, was instrumental in rescuing the Kane County Probate Records, and securing funds for the preservation and restoration of Eakin School, the oldest one-room schoolhouse in Kane County. As a previous member of the Kane County Zoning Board, and one of the founders of the Rutland Township Historical Society, Barbara and her husband and friends raised significant money to ensure the future of the school, and for a time, housed historical records in her own home to guarantee their future while the building was being restored.
Upon the disbanding of the Historical Society in 2014, the probate and other historical documents were donated to the Elgin Historical Society and local area libraries within Rutland Township, and the school property has been incorporated into a bank building in downtown Hampshire.
The Signal Hill Chapter recognized Mrs. Damisch with the NSDAR’s “Historic Preservation Recognition Award”, congratulating her on her foresight and efforts, which will benefit future generations.
Signal Hill raises funds throughout the year and distributes to 501 (c) (3) organizations, whose missions support DAR’s mission of education, historic preservation, patriotism, conservation, and Native American issues. The chapter was founded in 1972, and is dedicated to preserving history, promoting patriotism, conservation and historic awareness in our community, and securing America’s future through better education for children. Membership is established through approval of documentation of direct lineage from an American Revolutionary War Patriot. For more information, please contact Jacqueline Marcus at [email protected]