NSCDA Instrumental in Establishing Flag Day

Friday 14 June 2019

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, lead by Elizabeth Duane Gillespie, 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, each carrying a small flag while singing patriotic songs. Because of this, many credit Philadelphia as Flag Day's original home. 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.  

The Winners of The Virginia Scarf Contest are…

Thursday 24 January 2019

The Virginia Scarf Contest was held from April 1-November 1, 2018 and was open to all Dames. We received many wonderful photographs of Dames wearing their Virginia Scarf all over the country and the world. We had so many submissions from Dames travelling outside of the USA that we decided to add a 4th contest category! Winners will each receive our new Virginia Summer scarf that will be available this spring/summer. We thank everyone who helped generate excitement for and participated in the contest!  

Contest #1: The farthest distance from Wilton House Museum

Winner: Caroline Hedrick
Virginia Dame Palm Island, Dubai 7,142 miles away
Honorable Mention: Hutch Livingston
Virginia Dame Kanazawa, Japan 6,881 miles away  

Contest #2: The most photographs at different locations with-IN the 50 United States

Winner: Margaret Gunn
Virginia Dame 38 photos submitted  
Honorable Mention: Dale Sayers
Virginia Dame 8 photos submitted    

Contest #3: The most creative display of the scarf with a person, place or thing

Winner: Caro Williams
Colorado Dame Jivin' with George    
Honorable Mention: Aimee Burns
Non-Dame After winning MVP for her Roller Derby Team - River City Roller Derby   We had so many photographs submitted from far-away places that we added another contest category...

Contest #4: The most photographs submitted from OUT-side the 50 United States

Winner: Juanita Allen
Hawaii Dame 35 photos submitted  
Honorable Mention: Deb Goodloe
Virginia Dame 10 photos submitted     Please visit the link below to view all of the submitted contest photographs on our VA Society web-site.

NSCDA Makes Donation to Jamestown’s Memorial Church

Tuesday 23 October 2018

The NSCDA reaffirmed their commitment to support the church and Jamestown Rediscovery by providing a $52,000 donation to help facilitate restoration work to the exterior “envelope” of the building.

Read more HERE!