Are you a descended from an ancestor who came to reside in an American Colony before 1776, and whose services were rendered during the Colonial Period? The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America is composed of women who are descendants from ancestors who came to reside in an American Colony before 1776, and whose services were rendered during the Colonial Period.
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Founded in 1891, The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America is one of the oldest historic preservation organisations in America.
The society is composed of women who are descendants from ancestors who came to reside in an American Colony before 1776, and whose services were rendered during the Colonial Period.
The organisation has 45 corporate societies and over 15,000 members.
The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America has been a leader in the field of historic preservation, restoration and the interpretation of historic sites since its New York Society first undertook the preservation of the Van Cortlandt House in 1897.
This collection includes the following seven titles:
Register Of Pennsylvania Society Of The Colonial Dames Of America - The preface begins ‘In this the first Register of the Pennsylvania Society of the Colonial Dames of America, it seems a matter of the not unreasonable pride to refer to the fact that from the action of a small group of women, met together at 1301 Locust Street, Philadelphia, April 9, 1891, to form a Pennsylvania Society, has resulted our large national organization, which has spread a network of patriotic Colonial interest among women in the thirteen original States, in the District of Columbia, and even beyond these limits into non-Colonial sections.
Register Of The Colonial Dames Of The State Of New York, 1893-1913 - Published by the authority of the Board of Managers in 1913. The register begins with the Certificate of Incorporation of the Colonial Dames of the State of New York.
Register Of The Maryland Society Of The Colonial Dames Of America, 1891-1915 - Published in 1915 by the Society the forward begins ‘The Committee appointed by the Maryland Society of the Colonial Dames of America to prepare for publication the Second Lineage Book of the Society offers to the members the result of its labors. The work has been accomplished under circumstances of unusual difficulty and the Committee realizes that it was specially fortunate in that it could avail itself of the great and varied experience of the late and lamented Dr. Christopher Johnston, for so many years the Genealogist of the Maryland Society.
Register Of The Massachusetts Society Of The Colonial Dames Of America, 1893-1917 - Printed for the Society in 1917 the preface begins ‘It is now eight years since the Register of members of the Massachusetts Society of the Colonial Dames has been printed. During that time the Society has added eighty members to its own number, and three hundred and nineteen associate members. These have been recorded for five years by Miss Agnes Blake Poor, and for three years by the present Registrar.
The Register Of The New Hampshire Society Of The Colonial Dames Of America - Published in 1910, the register includes an Ode to the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in New Hampshire by Mrs. John Bell Bouton.
The Society Of The Colonial Dames Of America In The State Of Virginia. 1913 - The publication includes the names of Officers and Members of the Virginia Society Of The Colonial Dames Of America 1912 to 1931.
Vol 1913 Register: Register By National Society Of The Colonial Dames Of America. Delaware - The preface begins ‘The National Society of Colonial Dames of America in the State of Delaware presents a second edition of its Register, which commemorates twenty-one years of its existence.
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