The NSCDA is Hiring!

Thursday 30 November 2017

We’re looking for an enthusiastic, detail-oriented, Business Manager to join our team! business The Business Manager is critical to NSCDA-Dumbarton House operations—coordinating vital financial processes and human resource management—and strong candidates will be impeccably organized, team-oriented, skilled in basic computer operations, and comfortable working behind-the-scenes to advance our non-profit mission of preservation and education. Ability to handle financial and personnel matters confidentially and with utmost sensitivity and tact are critical requirements for the position. The Business Manager is a full-time, exempt position, with benefits.  The full position post is attached; resumes and cover letters should be emailed to me at with “Business Manager” in subject line. Click here to see the full job description.

NSCDA Instrumental in Establishing Flag Day

Wednesday 14 June 2017

Did you know that the NSCDA played a major role in building momentum to establish Flag Day as a nationally recognized day of remembrance? [caption id="attachment_12538" align="aligncenter" width="450"]Two young girls hold American flags next to a plaque honoring Bernard J. Cigrand in Waubeka, Wisconsin, around 1949 as part of a Flag Day commemoration. UW Digital Collections [Two young girls hold American flags next to a plaque honoring Bernard J. Cigrand in Waubeka, Wisconsin, around 1949 as part of a Flag Day commemoration.
UW Digital Collections][/caption]On June 14th, 1885, a 19 year old school teacher in Wisconsin named Bernard Cigrand displayed a 10-inch, 38-star flag in a bottle on his desk and asked his students to compose an essay on the significance of the flag. He chose this particular day because on June 14, 1777 Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as the United States flag. And thus began Cigrand's life-long devotion to making Flag Day a national day of observance. In 1889, New York City kindergarten teacher, George Balch, held a Flag Day ceremony for his students, and his idea was later adopted by the New York State Board of Education. Two years later, in 1891, the idea of Flag Day had spread to Philadelphia, where the Betsy Ross House held a ceremony. In 1893, at the urging of the Sons of the Revolution, the Pennsylvania Society of The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America adopted a resolution requesting the mayor of Philadelphia and all private citizens to display the Flag on June 14th. The Public Schools of Philadelphia joined the movement and hosted a large rally of students in Independence Square. The following year, the governor of New York followed suite and directed that on June 14th the Flag be displayed on all public buildings. However, it wasn't until May of 1916, that President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation calling for a nation-wide observance of Flag Day and not until August 3rd, 1949, that President Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14th as National Flag Day. Bernard Cigrand lived to see President Wilson's proclamation; his life-long quest fulfilled. Unfortunately he died in 1932, a full 17 years before President Truman's Act of Congress. Today many of our properties across the United States host Flag Day ceremonies and celebrations and we encourage all Americans to fly their flags in commemoration of the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777. DSC_3591


California’s Octagon House in Historic Home Tour

Tuesday 13 June 2017

Octagon House NSCDA-CA property and headquarters, the Octagon House was highlighted as a must-visit on a published tour of historic home sin the Bay Area. Congrats!