Welcome to ILLINOIS WAR of 1812 Society
"Throughout the United States and Canada, plans are gearing up to commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812.
The state of Illinois is no exception. Just in time for the bicentennial, the Illinois Society of the War of 1812 is being reenergized with new members. We 'd love to have you join us." Illinois Society VPG Charles Schweizer
We have chosen as the face of our state society, Samuel Whiteside, an Illinois soldier. Click here to find out why.
Membership in our society is open to any male of any age who is of good moral character and reputation, and who can provide lineal descent to a patriot who served during the War of 1812, in a military service of the United States. The General Society of the War of 1812 offers more information about qualifications for becoming a member. You can download a membership application here.
Cooperate with other patriotic organizations to achieve mutual goals; encourage patriotism and patriotic education; promote historic preservation; make every effort to have a gravestone marker placed on the grave of any War of 1812 soldier buried in Illinois; recognize outstanding cadets through the ROTC programs at Illinois educational institutions; sponsor an essay contest for students aged 14-18; and support Illinois War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission projects.