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 600 members in 18 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 will be celebrating 100 years in 2015. Please help us celebrate 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.

Joanne Howell Murphy
California State President
Crown Colony Chapter


Marking of Historic Venues and Landmarks
Veterans Activities
Honoring Armorial Ancestors – Heraldry & coats of Arms
Pocahontas Projects

“Not all of us can do great things.
But we can do small things with great love.”
Mother Teresa of Calcutta
(1910-1997, Albanian-born Indian Roman Catholic Religious Sister)

SCRIPTURE: “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things.” – Phil 4:8

“There are two kinds of people
Those who do the work and those who take the credit.
Try to be in the first group;
There is less competition there.”
Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi
(1917-1984, third Prime Minister of India)

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