Arts, Culture, and Humanities

NATIONAL SOCIETY OF THE COLONIAL DAMES OF AMERICA

  • Washington, DC
  • www.nscda.org

Mission Statement

The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America actively promotes our national heritage through historic preservation, patriotic service, and educational projects.

Main Programs

  1. Museum Properties and Collections
  2. Historical Projects
  3. Patriotic Programs
  4. Scholarship Programs
Service Areas

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National

The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America is a membership organization with 44 different societies across the country with more than 15,000 members.

The Society headquarters are 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.

ruling year

1938

Executive Director

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Karen Daly

Keywords

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museum, preservation, historic house, patriotism, education

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EIN

53-0224364

 Number

8208026936

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

History Museums (A54)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Program 1

Museum Properties and Collections

The NSCDA's has been a leader in the field of historic preservation since its founding in 1891. Currently the NSCDA has 80-plus historic sites and collections around the country that encompass all of America's history from its early days in the 17th century up until the early 20th century. Some examples of our historic sites are Sulgrave Manor, Gunston Hall, and our national headquarters at Dumbarton House.

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Arts, Culture & Humanities

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Program 2

Historical Projects

The NSCDA’s historical projects include American paintings and portraits, oral histories, and a sampler survey.

American paintings and portraits
The NSCDA undertook the Portrait Survey in the early 1970′s to help provide The National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution with an inventory of early portraits. The Smithsonian continues to be interested in adding information about pictures and portraits by American painters prior to 1914.

Oral Histories
Since its founding in 1891, the NSCDA has worked to preserve our shared American history. Animating the future with the past is what the Oral History project is all about. The stories we record today become the intimate memories of tomorrow, allowing all of our descendants to peek into the window of now.

Sampler surveys
Samplers and pictorial embroideries created by girls and young women are a valuable insight into the social history of women’s culture and education in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. The NSCDA researches and documents these samplers.

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Program 3

Patriotic Programs

Our Patriotic Service programs focus on promoting respect for people, places and events that led to the formation of our country and that inspire the patriotism of our fellow citizens through a variety of citizenship, flag and military programs.

Citizenship Programs
Many of the State Societies of the NSCDA host citizenship ceremonies for both children and adults. At these ceremonies and welcoming receptions, the NSCDA has presented gifts to new citizens such as small U.S. flags, coloring books, flag brochures, and National Flag Foundation posters.

Flag Programs
We encourage all Americans to fly their flags on Flag Day. Our goal is for all of our museum properties to develop patriotic assemblies and other educational events each year on Flag Day to pay tribute to Americans who sacrificed to keep our country a land of freedom and opportunity.

Military Programs
The NSCDA makes a nationwide commitment to be involved with the Library of Congress Veterans History Project. The Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.

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Arts, Culture & Humanities

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General Public/Unspecified

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Program 4

Scholarship Programs

The Congressional Seminar scholarship is a major project of The NSCDA held under the auspices of the Washington Workshops Foundation, a private nonprofit educational program in American government for high school students. Winners receive full tuition, including seminar materials, university campus housing, and two meals daily, for a week of citizenship education about the national government, plus fun, new friends, and tours of sites in our nation’s capital.

The American Indian Nurse Scholarship Program was started by the NSCDA in 1928 to give students of American Indian descent the opportunity to pursue careers in nursing. The students are expected to return to work among their communities to help improve health care. Some students work on reservations, and others find employment in hospitals in areas largely populated by American Indians. Intended originally to benefit females only, the program has expanded to include males and the career goals now include not only nursing careers, but jobs in health care and health education, as well.

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Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Adults

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Service Areas

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National

The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America is a membership organization with 44 different societies across the country with more than 15,000 members.

The Society headquarters are 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.

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Executive Director

Karen Daly

BIO

Karen, a museum professional dedicated to preserving our nation's history for future generations, has led Dumbarton House, the headquarters of NSCDA, as the Executive Director since 2008. Before becoming the Executive Director, Karen served as education director at Dumbarton House and taught fourth grade in the District of Columbia Public Schools. She credits her parents' insistence on history-themed vacations as a child and her incredible undergraduate experience at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA, for her passion for preservation. Karen's daily work covers various aspects, including strategic planning, institutional advancement, staff management and financial oversight. Karen has been awarded the William A. Cochran Award by the Citizens Association of Georgetown and, during her tenure Dumbarton House was awarded the Communitarian Award by the Georgetown Business Association. Currently, Karen also serves as a board member of the Virginia Association of Museums, Georgetown Business Association, and Small Museum Association.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Anna Duff

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