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the Past, Present, & Future of KDO

125th Anniversary Gala

Wednesday evening, June 6, 2018, members and special guests of the King’s Daughters Organization (KDO) joined together to celebrate its 125th Anniversary. A celebration Gala was held at the beautiful and historic Illini Country Club. This day was special as it marked exactly 125 years from the original KDO incorporation on June 6th,1893.

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Jennifer Sylvia
Celebrating the King’s Daughters Organization Anniversaries

The evening of June 6, 2018, members of the King’s Daughters Organization (KDO)  joined together to celebrate its 125th Anniversary with a Gala Event held at Illini Country Club. A beautifully detailed booklet written  on the past , present and future of KDO was presented to attendees to commemorate this very important occasion.  Now, with the 125th Celebratory event in the history book, let’s take a glance back at other KDO anniversaries.

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Jennifer Sylvia
The Home's Garden

The rich history of the stately Victorian home at the 541 Black Avenue, from 1872 when cereal giant C.W. Post built his family home to 2007 when the Carrie Post King’s Daughters Home for Women closed its doors, is well documented.  Throughout this history are several accounts of the garden behind the Home.

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Jennifer Sylvia
Circle History

The vibrant history of The King’s Daughters Organization’s continues to shine bright. Continue reading to learn more about how KDO’s ‘circles of friendship’ evolved and the service each circle has provided to the community. Please continue to join us as we highlight our 125 years of history!!

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Jennifer Sylvia
25th Anniversary: WWI & Influenza

 In 1918, the King’s Daughters Organization celebrated their 25th anniversary. This celebration took place during the time of World War I and also during a severe influenza outbreak that occurred in 1918 and 1919. We are thankful for the hardworking women that kept this organization running even during times of turmoil and sickness.

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Jennifer Sylvia
The 1916 Infantile Paralysis Epidemic

What exactly is Infantile Paralysis and what does it have to do with the history of KDO? 

In the early nineteenth century Polio was often known as Infantile Paralysis. With Polio being eradicated in the U.S. in the late 1970’s, we often forget or are not aware of the impact this disease had on the Sangamon County community. 

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Jennifer Sylvia
Easter Weekend Years Past

Easter weekend in the years past, through some beautiful 1907 poetry and a 1978 ice storm detailed in the minutes of the oldest circle still in existence, of the King’s Daughters Organization, The Willing Circle.

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Jennifer Sylvia
Closing of the Home

From every ending comes a new beginning. It was a very tough decision on the part of the King’s Daughters Organization to close the home for aged women they had run for over 100 years. Click here to read more about the relationship with the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln and new beginnings.

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Jennifer Sylvia