Monday, June 1, 2015

Organization of the Week: The National Society of the Colonial Dames in the State of New Jersey

Every Monday, I highlight a non-profit related to history or the arts, a historical society, preservation group or friends group whose main objective is to promote the historical and artistic history of New Jersey and beyond.

This week, I am featuring the National Society of the Colonial Dames in the State of New Jersey. The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, founded in 1891, is an organization devoted to furthering an appreciation of our national heritage through historic preservation, patriotic service, and educational projects. Women, "who are descended in their own right from some ancestor of worthy life who, residing in an American colony, rendered efficient service to his country during the Colonial period, either in the founding of a State or Commonwealth, or of an institution which has survived and developed into importance, or who shall have held an important position in a Colonial government, or who by distinguished services, shall have contributed to the founding of our nation," are eligible to join the organization.

New Jersey's state chapter, founded in 1892, is based out of Westampton, and committed to the stewardship of its two museum properties, Peachfield in Westampton and the Old Schoolhouse in Mount Holly. On the first Sunday of each month, Peachfield is open for tours and programming. Other special events and programs are hosted throughout the year.

The National Society of the Colonial Dames in the State of New Jersey relies on memberships, fundraising, and countless volunteers to continue its mission. For more information on programs and special events hosted by the National Society of the Colonial Dames in the State of New Jersey or to become a member or volunteer, please call 609-267-6996. or visit www.colonialdamesnj.org.

If you are a member of a non-profit organization or know of one that you would like to see featured on this site, please let us know in the comments or send an e-mail to kelly@thehistorygirl.com.



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