The Colonial Dames of America

The Colonial Dames of America The Colonial Dames of America is a nonprofit hereditary society composed of members whose ancestors held important positions during the colonial period between the founding of Jamestown (1607) and the Battles of Lexington and Concord (1775).

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Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden
01/08/2021

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden

The application for our Summer 2021 William Randolph Hearst Fellowship can now be accessed from the Museum website at: https://mvhm.org/get-involved/ Fellows design an independent project that contributes to the Museum's interpretation, and they are involved with the programming and operations of the Museum. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply; the deadline is March 15, 2021.

AN ENGLISH FAMILY PORTRAIT~~~Circa 1730-1740. Colonial seamstresses would redo earlier pieces to mimic contemporary styl...
01/08/2021

AN ENGLISH FAMILY PORTRAIT
~~~Circa 1730-1740. Colonial seamstresses would redo earlier pieces to mimic contemporary styles. The fabric was worth much more than labor.

AMERICAS FIRST COLONIAL DAMES
~~~CDA 1890
www.cda1890.org

PAST PRESIDENT GENERAL~~~Audrey Svensson has created a lovely arrangement of tulips. She says, “Spring is coming!” 💐
01/07/2021

PAST PRESIDENT GENERAL
~~~Audrey Svensson has created a lovely arrangement of tulips. She says, “Spring is coming!” 💐

ANCESTOR SPOTLIGHT~~~JAMES CUDWORTH (1612 Somerset, England-Died 1682)CUDWORTH was one of the most important men in the ...
01/06/2021

ANCESTOR SPOTLIGHT
~~~JAMES CUDWORTH (1612 Somerset, England-Died 1682)
CUDWORTH was one of the most important men in the Plymouth Colony. He was deputy to the Plymouth Court, commanding General of the militia in King Philips War, Deputy and Assistant Governor of the Colony, and representative to the New England Confederation. He was the son of Rev Ralph CUDWORTH and his wife Mary Machell, a descendant of Edward I, Charlemagne and impressive royal lines.

AMERICAS FIRST COLONIAL DAMES
~~~CDA 1890
www.cda1890.org

01/06/2021

CDA VIRTUAL OFFICE HAS REOPENED
MONDAY JANUARY 4th

LADIES SHOES 1750-1780~~~Courtesy of “In Pretty Finery”
01/05/2021

LADIES SHOES 1750-1780
~~~Courtesy of “In Pretty Finery”

01/04/2021

PARENT CHAPTER ZOOM MTG WITH SPEAKER
ELECTRONIC INVITATIONS SENT TODAY
FOR WED JAN 27 2021 6pm

A STUDY IN CERULEAN BLUE & WHITE~~~Artist-John Singer Sargent; subject -Judith Gautier- 1883; Courtesy of the Metropolit...
01/04/2021

A STUDY IN CERULEAN BLUE & WHITE
~~~Artist-John Singer Sargent; subject -Judith Gautier- 1883; Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum

AMERICAS FIRST COLONIAL DAMES
~~~CDA 1890
www.cda1890.org

PARENT CHAPTER MEMBER~~~Kathy Springhorn Dillman sends a West Palm Beach nocturne: “A seagull takes a snooze in the moon...
01/04/2021

PARENT CHAPTER MEMBER
~~~Kathy Springhorn Dillman sends a West Palm Beach nocturne: “A seagull takes a snooze in the moonlight. He can’t wait to go fishing!”

AMERICAS FIRST COLONIAL DAMES
~~~CDA 1890
www. cda1890.org

AN 18TH CENTURY~~~Sack back gown. Courtesy of Silk Damask. AMERICAS FIRST COLONIAL DAMES~~~CDA 1890www.cda1890.org
01/03/2021

AN 18TH CENTURY
~~~Sack back gown. Courtesy of Silk Damask.

AMERICAS FIRST COLONIAL DAMES
~~~CDA 1890
www.cda1890.org

01/03/2021

1951-2021
CDA BOOK AWARD
70th Anniversary
Special Recognition This📚Year

CHAPTER ###III-GEORGIA PIEDMONT MEMBER~~~Past President ROBIN TOWNS-second from the left-shares her annual holiday photo...
01/02/2021

CHAPTER ###III-GEORGIA PIEDMONT MEMBER
~~~Past President ROBIN TOWNS-second from the left-shares her annual holiday photo with her adorable grand children.

AMERICAS FIRST COLONIAL DAMES
~~~CDA 1890
www.cda1890.org

IN THE 17th & 18th CENTURIES ~~~ORANGERIES 🍋 were fashionable, protected rooms or structures for citrus, camellias, and ...
01/01/2021

IN THE 17th & 18th CENTURIES
~~~ORANGERIES 🍋 were fashionable, protected rooms or structures for citrus, camellias, and other tender plants. The structures usually had triple hung windows. The earliest partially intact Orangerie, which still stands, is at John Tayloe’s (18thc) Mount Airy in Richmond Co, VA. A ruin can also be seen at Eyre Hall ( 18thc) in Northampton CO, VA. The earliest intact Orangerie is at Wye Hall (18thc-pictured) in Easton, MD. George Washington constructed a large Orangerie in 1787, which burned in the 1830’s, and has been reconstructed at Mount Vernon. Captions under photos. 🍋

AMERICAS FIRST COLONIAL DAMES
~~~CDA 1890
www.cda1890.org

01/01/2021

HAPPY NEW YEAR
CDA FB FRIENDS
2021

CDA WISHES OUR FOLLOWERS & FRIENDS THE VERY BEST IN 2021
12/31/2020

CDA WISHES OUR FOLLOWERS & FRIENDS THE VERY BEST IN 2021

CDA IS VERY PROUD ~~~Chapter XIII-Kansas City Dames VICKI LEE SMITH, JULIA JACKSON , and colleague Barb Mackintosh Smith...
12/31/2020

CDA IS VERY PROUD
~~~Chapter XIII-Kansas City Dames VICKI LEE SMITH, JULIA JACKSON , and colleague Barb Mackintosh Smith have created an artisan, handmade replica of a uniform of the 6th Virginia Regiment of the Continental Line. This is an entry for DAR’s prestigious American Heritage Contest, in the fiber arts historic dress category. The uniform jacket is similar to the jacket worn much earlier by George Washington in the Virginia Militia, shown as a Colonel in the Peale portrait painted in 1772. This project is an excellent way to teach history through historic costume design. Good luck to you all ! Brava!
Captions under photos.

TO BRIGHTEN YOUR DAY~~~A traditional mass design in an antique container.
12/30/2020

TO BRIGHTEN YOUR DAY
~~~A traditional mass design in an antique container.

Nothing like beautiful flowers to bring a smile. On these cold days we can dream of spring gardens and even plan our own. We can also count on Historic Garden Week (April 17-24) for lots of inspiration.
#HGW2021

12/30/2020

THE CDA OFFICES ARE CLOSED FOR THE HOLIDAYS REOPENING
MON JAN 4, 2021

THANK YOU TO ALL WHO SENT PICTURES & FB POST SUGGESTIONS IN  2020~~~To make this a page that nearly 1600 Dames & friends...
12/29/2020

THANK YOU TO ALL WHO SENT PICTURES & FB POST SUGGESTIONS IN 2020
~~~To make this a page that nearly 1600 Dames & friends enjoy, we could not have done it without you! We strive for posts that are enjoyable-educational, social, and mission centric. Encourage your fellow Dames and friends to like this page. HAPPY NEW YEAR 2021, Brantley Knowles, President General CDA

AMERICAS FIRST COLONIAL DAMES
~~~CDA 1890
www.cda1890.org

CROWNS  👑  FROM ENGLISH CRACKERS~~~Chapter XXIII-VA member L-Lauren Knowles & R-Lee Harman of the Parent Chapter are in ...
12/28/2020

CROWNS 👑 FROM ENGLISH CRACKERS
~~~Chapter XXIII-VA member L-Lauren Knowles & R-Lee Harman of the Parent Chapter are in the spirit of the season donning their festive paper crowns! I wonder what prizes were inside their crackers?

AMERICAS FIRST COLONIAL DAMES
~~~CDA 1890
www.cda1890.org

CHAPTER XIII-KANSAS CITY MEMBER~~~Vicki Lee Smith in front of her beautifully illuminated house and garden. Looking forw...
12/28/2020

CHAPTER XIII-KANSAS CITY MEMBER
~~~Vicki Lee Smith in front of her beautifully illuminated house and garden. Looking forward to a better new year.....2021 !

AMERICAS FIRST COLONIAL DAMES
~~~CDA 1890
www.cda1890.org

PARENT CHAPTER MEMBER ~~~ Barbara Drane Roberson creates a lovely centerpiece of amaryllis blooms displayed on a reflect...
12/27/2020

PARENT CHAPTER MEMBER
~~~ Barbara Drane Roberson creates a lovely centerpiece of amaryllis blooms displayed on a reflective mirror.

AMERICAS FIRST COLONIAL DAMES
~~~CDA 1890
www.cda1890.org

MORE FROM AUDREYS INDOOR GARDEN 🌷~~~Besides her Christmas paper whites, CDA past President General Audrey Svensson has g...
12/27/2020

MORE FROM AUDREYS INDOOR GARDEN 🌷
~~~Besides her Christmas paper whites, CDA past President General Audrey Svensson has grown magnificent red tulips 🌷 !

AMERICAS FIRST COLONIAL DAMES
~~~CDA 1890
www.cda1890.org

12/27/2020

THE FLUSHING REMONSTRANCE
New York Dec 27 1657
Author Edward Hart, similar words on religious freedom in US Constitution’s Bill of Rights a century later.

CHAPTER VIII-HOUSTON MEMBER~~~Evelyn Chapman Aucoin posts, “ Merry Christmas from one of the sweetest dogs in the world....
12/27/2020

CHAPTER VIII-HOUSTON MEMBER
~~~Evelyn Chapman Aucoin posts, “ Merry Christmas from one of the sweetest dogs in the world.” Such nobility! 🎄

OUR CDA MASCOT, CHLOE’~~~With her Mommie, Kathy Springhorn Dillman. Enjoying a post-Christmas walk by Lake Worth in Palm...
12/27/2020

OUR CDA MASCOT, CHLOE’
~~~With her Mommie, Kathy Springhorn Dillman. Enjoying a post-Christmas walk by Lake Worth in Palm 🌴 Beach. Love the cerulean blue water!

AMERICAS FIRST COLONIAL DAMES
~~~CDA 1890
www.cda1890.org

FOR A TWELFTH NIGHT FETE?
12/26/2020

FOR A TWELFTH NIGHT FETE?

One of my favorite #museum #exhibitions for #2019 from @museumatfit #fabricinfashion
http://www.fitnyc.edu/museum/exhibitions/fabric-in-fashion.php
#Silk #brocaded #taffeta #robeal'anglaise c1760, #England, Museum purchase. 2009.11.1 Museum at FIT @valerie_steele_fashion @MuseumFIT @FITNewYork #youarenotalone

ADRYN SUMNER, VP OF CHAPTER ###I-SC~~~Was unable to order her annual Christmas coconut cake. What does a resourceful Dam...
12/26/2020

ADRYN SUMNER, VP OF CHAPTER ###I-SC
~~~Was unable to order her annual Christmas coconut cake. What does a resourceful Dame do.... make one! Adryn says is was a two day process, but worth it 🎄

AMERICAS FIRST COLONIAL DAMES
~~~CDA 1890
www.cda1890.org

RYAN JOHN WOODS AND FAMILY~~~VP of New England Historic Genealogical Society ( NEHGS) / American Ancestors. The nations ...
12/26/2020

RYAN JOHN WOODS AND FAMILY
~~~VP of New England Historic Genealogical Society ( NEHGS) / American Ancestors. The nations oldest Genealogical society, founded in 1845. NEHGS membership provides access to records and their research center which may assist CDA candidates and others in their familial research.

AMERICAS FIRST COLONIAL DAMES
~~~CDA 1890
www.cda1890.org

AMANDA ALLERTON SVENSSON~~~Granddaughter of past President General Audrey Allerton Chapin Svensson, has been a “Daughter...
12/26/2020

AMANDA ALLERTON SVENSSON
~~~Granddaughter of past President General Audrey Allerton Chapin Svensson, has been a “Daughter Dame” since birth. Amanda will be attending college in the autumn of 2021, majoring in engineering.

AMERICAS FIRST COLONIAL DAMES
~~~CDA 1890
www.cda1890.org

PARENT CHAPTER MEMBER~~~Angela Parks Masand and husband Prakash, had a elegant Christmas Eve dinner for two in their New...
12/26/2020

PARENT CHAPTER MEMBER
~~~Angela Parks Masand and husband Prakash, had a elegant Christmas Eve dinner for two in their New York apartment. They wish all a Merry 🎄 Christmas!

AMERICAS FIRST COLONIAL DAMES
~~~CDA 1890
www.cda1890.org

A NATIVITY SCENE~~~Photographed by Parent Chapter member Kathy Springhorn Dillman. Kathy says, “Let there be light”. The...
12/25/2020

A NATIVITY SCENE
~~~Photographed by Parent Chapter member Kathy Springhorn Dillman. Kathy says, “Let there be light”. The artistic setting and use of light creates a gorgeous picture with the palm trees silhouetted outside!

AMERICAS FIRST COLONIAL DAMES
~~~CDA 1890
www.cda1890.org

CHAPTER XXI-DALLAS MEMBER~~~Linda Juba, spends Christmas with her grandson’s family, including her great granddaughter! ...
12/25/2020

CHAPTER XXI-DALLAS MEMBER
~~~Linda Juba, spends Christmas with her grandson’s family, including her great granddaughter! Family recipes were used for their Christmas feast of traditional fare handed down for generations.

ANERICAS FIRST COLONIAL DAMES
~~~CDA 1890
www.cda1890.org

WITH HER GREAT GRANDCHILDREN ~~~Lila Burner Housden, a member of Chapter ###III-Georgia Piedmont, celebrates Christmas w...
12/25/2020

WITH HER GREAT GRANDCHILDREN
~~~Lila Burner Housden, a member of Chapter ###III-Georgia Piedmont, celebrates Christmas with these precious boys at her farm in the Virginia Countryside 🎄

AMERICAS FIRST COLONIAL DAMES
~~~CDA 1890
www.cda1890.org

PAST PRESIDENT GENERAL OF CDA~~~Audrey Allerton Chapin Svensson shares a photo of her beautiful Christmas paperwhites. A...
12/25/2020

PAST PRESIDENT GENERAL OF CDA
~~~Audrey Allerton Chapin Svensson shares a photo of her beautiful Christmas paperwhites. As Audrey said of the blooms, “They are a touch of happiness during these times.” 🎄

AMERICAS FIRST COLONIAL DAMES
~~~CDA 1890
www.cda1890.org

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Oh my goodness! Loving the new Colonial Cocktails Recipe Book from my Los Angeles DAR Chapter!
Bonjour. Dans ma profession je peux vous aider en France car je suis détective privé
#Mayflower400 #mayflower #plymouthma Concerning Mayflower 400, I'm an architect working for Southampton City Council and we are doing conservation works on the Mayflower/ Pilgrim Father's Memorial in the city. One of the original plaques is from the Massachusetts Society of the Colonial Dames of America but the cost of arms is very weathered and we are struggling to find what was there originally. Any ideas? Here's a link to a photo from the 1950/60's. https://images.app.goo.gl/7fou6GLDGHYGxjeM6 It doesn't seem to match the cost of arms we found for Massachusetts with figures each side of the shield. Any help would be appreciated!!
What a great place to be, but starting to get hot! Congratulations of the CDA Presidency. So Busy. Would be fun if we can have our 5oth in October.
Morning walk😍 stay safe!
Brantley, where can I find your article on William Byrd III ?
Reviewers call The Last Founding Father “a superb read…action-filled history in the grand tradition.” Don’t miss this stirring best-seller by one of America’s premier presidential biographers.—at jamesmonroebook.com
Thanks from Sharon in Chicago
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