The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America (NSCDA) works to inspire all people to understand and honor our origins as a nation. By promoting respect for the people, places and events that led to the formation and development of our country, we hope to inspire the patriotism of our fellow citizens, fostering awareness and understanding. We attempt to achieve this by creating widespread interest in the stories of our Colonial origins and by inviting all people to honor the wisdom and valor of those whose sacrifices and achievements gave birth to our great nation.
The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America, founded in 1891, is an unincorporated association of 44 Corporate Societies with more than 15,000 members. The Society headquarters is located at Dumbarton House, a Federal period house museum in Washington, D.C. The NSCDA 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.
In November 2000, the NSCDA received the prestigious Trustee Emeritus Award for Excellence in the Stewardship of historic sites from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Today 43 diverse properties are owned outright by the Corporate Societies of the NSCDA, 13 additional museum collections are owned by the Dames and 30 more properties receive substantial volunteer and financial support from Dames.
The NSCDA sponsors a number of scholarship programs and other historic preservation, patriotic service and educational projects to further the mission of the Society.
In order to protect our freedom and ensure the perpetuity of our republic, it is our responsibility as descendants of the Founders, to make sure the stories of our origins and the development of our country not only endure, but also still have the power to inspire.