National Society Colonial Dames of the XVII Century

California State Society

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Welcome to the California State Website. The first California organization meeting for Colonial Dames 17th Century was held in Los Angeles in 1948. In June 1949 56 members met at the home of Mrs. George Kingman in Alhambra to elect officers and receive the charter.

Mrs. French Harrington of Los Angeles was the first Organizing State President. The State Meeting in 1949 saw the organization of two chapters; Plymouth in Alhambra and San Diego Chapter (now Crown Colony).

Since that time we have grown to almost 500 members in 17 chapters statewide. Many of our chapters have been meeting for over 50 years! We are a service organization where our members serve Veterans at Veteran's Hospitals, volunteer for Operation Gratitude, mark and preserve historic sites and award scholarships to young women.

In addition, California ladies promote heraldry to honor their Armorial Ancestors. Our National Society celebrated 100 years in 2015. Please help us continue the Society's good works by visiting our chapter link page. One of our chapters in your area would be happy to assist you in locating your 17th Century Ancestor.
Nancy Hippert
California State President
Valley of the Mist Chapter


Marking and Preservation of Historic Sites
Service to Veterans
Supporting Genealogical Sections of Community Libraries
Elise C. Young Scholarship

Preserving the legacy of the past; embracing the possibilities of the future.

SCRIPTURE: “For I know the plans I have for you,: declares the LORD “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans To give you hope and a future .” – Jeremiah 29:11

“People will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget how you made them feel."
Maya Angelou, American Poet and Author, 1928-2014

National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century
1300 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036-1595
Phone: (202) 293-1700
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