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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CLASSIC GLAMOUR~~~CDA’S Recording Secretary General Laurie Aldinger is a symphony in black & white.
07/10/2021

CLASSIC GLAMOUR
~~~CDA’S Recording Secretary General Laurie Aldinger is a symphony in black & white.

CLASSIC GLAMOUR
~~~CDA’S Recording Secretary General Laurie Aldinger is a symphony in black & white.

CDA WAS WELL REPRESENTED~~~At the 125th gala for The Society of Colonial Wars in Kentucky & The Hereditary Order of Desc...
07/10/2021

CDA WAS WELL REPRESENTED
~~~At the 125th gala for The Society of Colonial Wars in Kentucky & The Hereditary Order of Descendants of Colonial Governors. The event was held at the Pendennis Club in Louisville. Attendees were piped in by pipers with great pageantry. The elegant dinner included ceremonial toasts, flags and banners. Following remarks, dancing and a live orchestra was enjoyed by all.
Captions under photos.

07/09/2021
THE CDA 130TH ANNIVERSARY CHARM~~~SOLD OUT! Do we need a similar charm honoring our COLONIAL WOMEN OF DISTINCTION? Comme...
07/08/2021

THE CDA 130TH ANNIVERSARY CHARM
~~~SOLD OUT!
Do we need a similar charm honoring our COLONIAL WOMEN OF DISTINCTION? Comments welcome. Should the border be rose? If there is enough interest, it could be proposed to the CDA Insignia & Branding Committee.

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

THE CDA 130TH ANNIVERSARY CHARM
~~~SOLD OUT!
Do we need a similar charm honoring our COLONIAL WOMEN OF DISTINCTION? Comments welcome. Should the border be rose? If there is enough interest, it could be proposed to the CDA Insignia & Branding Committee.

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

KEEPING THOSE FEET WARM....~~~NY Maker
07/07/2021

KEEPING THOSE FEET WARM....
~~~NY Maker

This starkly unadorned object is a footwarmer, made in the late 18th century by the German-born pewterer Henry Will, who worked both in New York City and Albany. Embers would have been placed inside, to keep the user warm when away from their home fires – as in church, or when traveling in a carriage. ⭐

@YaleArtGallery
#AntiqueOfTheDay #FootWarmer #18thCentury #LivingWithAntiques

CDA CHAPTER XX-LOS ANGELES MEMBER~~~Scarlett Stahl Shepherd enjoys nature on her lake-facing terrace. She enjoys time in...
07/06/2021

CDA CHAPTER XX-LOS ANGELES MEMBER
~~~Scarlett Stahl Shepherd enjoys nature on her lake-facing terrace. She enjoys time in her lovely garden, and is shown in this picture with a wild mother duck and her ducklings who have grown up there. Scarlett has deep Virginia roots, and is a descendant of Pocahontas and John Rolfe.

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

CDA CHAPTER XX-LOS ANGELES MEMBER
~~~Scarlett Stahl Shepherd enjoys nature on her lake-facing terrace. She enjoys time in her lovely garden, and is shown in this picture with a wild mother duck and her ducklings who have grown up there. Scarlett has deep Virginia roots, and is a descendant of Pocahontas and John Rolfe.

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

CONGRATULATIONS TO CHARLOTTE CHRISTIAN OF CDA CHAPTER XXIV-ATLANTA~~~Elected National President 2021-2023 of The Hugueno...
07/06/2021

CONGRATULATIONS TO
CHARLOTTE CHRISTIAN OF CDA CHAPTER XXIV-ATLANTA
~~~Elected National President 2021-2023 of The Huguenot Society of the Founders of Manakin in the Colony of Virginia. Charlotte is also current Chapter President of the Atlanta Chapter, and served two terms on the CDA Board of Managers. She (Right) is pictured with past National President Olivia Chandler.

There is nothing like a Dame!
www.cda1890.org

CONGRATULATIONS TO
CHARLOTTE CHRISTIAN OF CDA CHAPTER XXIV-ATLANTA
~~~Elected National President 2021-2023 of The Huguenot Society of the Founders of Manakin in the Colony of Virginia. Charlotte is also current Chapter President of the Atlanta Chapter, and served two terms on the CDA Board of Managers. She (Right) is pictured with past National President Olivia Chandler.

There is nothing like a Dame!
www.cda1890.org

A PATRIOTIC WALL OF CUPCAKES ~~~With lovely Susanna Aguirre of Chapter III-DC. She is the daughter of Chapter President ...
07/05/2021

A PATRIOTIC WALL OF CUPCAKES
~~~With lovely Susanna Aguirre of Chapter III-DC. She is the daughter of Chapter President Linda Aguirre 🇺🇸

There is nothing like a Dame!
www.cda1890.org

A PATRIOTIC WALL OF CUPCAKES
~~~With lovely Susanna Aguirre of Chapter III-DC. She is the daughter of Chapter President Linda Aguirre 🇺🇸

There is nothing like a Dame!
www.cda1890.org

A SPECIAL BIRTH🎂DAY~~~Parent Chapter JR Dame, Lilly Schoeller -many happy returns!AMERICAS FIRST COLONIAL DAMES~~~CDA 18...
07/05/2021

A SPECIAL BIRTH🎂DAY
~~~Parent Chapter JR Dame, Lilly Schoeller -many happy returns!

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

A SPECIAL BIRTH🎂DAY
~~~Parent Chapter JR Dame, Lilly Schoeller -many happy returns!

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

THE FLAG 🇺🇸~~~Photo courtesy of Parent Chapter member NANCY MOON 🇺🇸
07/04/2021

THE FLAG 🇺🇸
~~~Photo courtesy of Parent Chapter member NANCY MOON 🇺🇸

THE FLAG 🇺🇸
~~~Photo courtesy of Parent Chapter member NANCY MOON 🇺🇸

CELEBRATE THE FOURTH OF JULY 🇺🇸 ~~~In gratitude for the sacrifices made for the freedom we enjoy today 🇺🇸
07/03/2021

CELEBRATE THE FOURTH OF JULY 🇺🇸
~~~In gratitude for the sacrifices made for the freedom we enjoy today 🇺🇸

CELEBRATE THE FOURTH OF JULY 🇺🇸
~~~In gratitude for the sacrifices made for the freedom we enjoy today 🇺🇸

WHY DO WE FOLD OUR FLAG INTO A TRIANGLE 🇺🇸
07/02/2021

WHY DO WE FOLD OUR FLAG INTO A TRIANGLE 🇺🇸

Have you ever wondered why the American flag is folded into the shape of a triangle?

The triangle shape symbolizes the tricorn (three-cornered) hat worn by Continental solders during the Revolutionary War. The flag is folded 13 times to create this shape and each fold has a different meaning. For instance, some folds represent life or tribute to those who serve in the armed forces. The tradition of folding the flag into a triangle serves as a reminder of those who fought for the independence of the United States.

Image: American flag at Yorktown Battlefield
Image Credit: NPS/Williams

07/02/2021

JULY 3, 1776
The edits begin on the Declaration of Independence, there were 86 edits !

07/01/2021

WE ARE PROUD THAT DEB MCWILLIAMS, CDA’S EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
~~~Has served for many years on the on board of The Merchant’s House Museum, New York.

STACI-JILL (SJ) BURNLEY OF CHAPTER III-DC~~~Worked with the US Army to develop training for service members who work as ...
07/01/2021

STACI-JILL (SJ) BURNLEY OF CHAPTER III-DC
~~~Worked with the US Army to develop training for service members who work as Casualty Notification Officers and Casualty Assistance Officers. She says of this job, “I spent a great deal of time with families of the fallen and cherished hearing their stories, and learning of the sacrifices of their heroes, who sacrificed all in duty and service to our nation.”
The picture is a still from a training video, where SJ portrays a widow at Arlington Cemetery. An experienced civilian employee of the US Army, CDA is fortunate that SJ is chairman of the Society’s Public Relations Committee.

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

STACI-JILL (SJ) BURNLEY OF CHAPTER III-DC
~~~Worked with the US Army to develop training for service members who work as Casualty Notification Officers and Casualty Assistance Officers. She says of this job, “I spent a great deal of time with families of the fallen and cherished hearing their stories, and learning of the sacrifices of their heroes, who sacrificed all in duty and service to our nation.”
The picture is a still from a training video, where SJ portrays a widow at Arlington Cemetery. An experienced civilian employee of the US Army, CDA is fortunate that SJ is chairman of the Society’s Public Relations Committee.

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

JUNIOR DAME KATE BORST ( CENTER)~~~With friends on Governor’s Island, NY. Great view of the island of Manhattan in backg...
06/30/2021

JUNIOR DAME KATE BORST ( CENTER)
~~~With friends on Governor’s Island, NY. Great view of the island of Manhattan in background!

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

JUNIOR DAME KATE BORST ( CENTER)
~~~With friends on Governor’s Island, NY. Great view of the island of Manhattan in background!

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

06/30/2021

“REVOLUTIONARY”
CDA FB Page Now Has
1776 Followers!!!

CDA IS VERY PROUD OF VICKI SMITH OF CHAPTER XIII-KANSAS CITY 🇺🇸~~~2nd place in a prestigious National DAR photography co...
06/29/2021

CDA IS VERY PROUD OF VICKI SMITH OF CHAPTER XIII-KANSAS CITY 🇺🇸
~~~2nd place in a prestigious National DAR photography competition 🇺🇸 American Heritage Arts

CDA IS VERY PROUD OF VICKI SMITH OF CHAPTER XIII-KANSAS CITY 🇺🇸
~~~2nd place in a prestigious National DAR photography competition 🇺🇸 American Heritage Arts

CDA CHAPTER VII - NASHVILLE MEMBER PATRICIA PORTER KRYDER ~~~ with grandsons Benno Albert Rolli (left) and Lorenzo Hart ...
06/28/2021

CDA CHAPTER VII - NASHVILLE MEMBER PATRICIA PORTER KRYDER
~~~ with grandsons Benno Albert Rolli (left) and Lorenzo Hart Rolli (right) at Winner’s Circle, Iroquois Steeplechase, in Nashville, Tennessee, on Saturday, June 26th, for presentation of trophies for the Green Pastures Race, sponsored by Lowry Rush Watkins, Jr. of Louisville.

In the background on the left, the silver urn was provided courtesy of Oxmoor (Bullitt Estate In Louisville, KY) and filled with flowers arranged in racing colors of the Bullitt-Watkins family.

CDA CHAPTER VII - NASHVILLE MEMBER PATRICIA PORTER KRYDER
~~~ with grandsons Benno Albert Rolli (left) and Lorenzo Hart Rolli (right) at Winner’s Circle, Iroquois Steeplechase, in Nashville, Tennessee, on Saturday, June 26th, for presentation of trophies for the Green Pastures Race, sponsored by Lowry Rush Watkins, Jr. of Louisville.

In the background on the left, the silver urn was provided courtesy of Oxmoor (Bullitt Estate In Louisville, KY) and filled with flowers arranged in racing colors of the Bullitt-Watkins family.

FASCINATING~~~Shards found years apart.
06/28/2021

FASCINATING
~~~Shards found years apart.

Friday lab finds!

As our curatorial team was looking at some recently excavated finds, a few of these rim and base fragments from a Delft ceramic plate looked familiar! The sherd with the orange star below it was excavated by Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologists in 1996. The sherd with the yellow star below it was excavated in 2002, and the sherds with no stars were excavated this past week! This plate was likely made in the Netherlands, and was broken and discarded at Jamestown in around 1630.

CDA PARENT CHAPTER MEMBER, KATHY SPRINGHORN DILLMAN~~~Wishes her husband Tom a HAPPY 🎂 BIRTHDAY 🥳
06/27/2021

CDA PARENT CHAPTER MEMBER, KATHY SPRINGHORN DILLMAN
~~~Wishes her husband Tom a
HAPPY 🎂 BIRTHDAY 🥳

CDA PARENT CHAPTER MEMBER, KATHY SPRINGHORN DILLMAN
~~~Wishes her husband Tom a
HAPPY 🎂 BIRTHDAY 🥳

CDA CHAPTER VIII-HOUSTON CANDIDATE, LISA PENNINGTON~~~Has restored an early house in Plymouth, MA. Historic preservation...
06/27/2021

CDA CHAPTER VIII-HOUSTON CANDIDATE, LISA PENNINGTON
~~~Has restored an early house in Plymouth, MA. Historic preservation, whether of structures or objects of material culture, or of history itself, is important to our mission. Lisa is Councillor General of The General Society of Mayflower Descendants. The GSMD Executive Committee recently met at this historic house for dinner... first time “in person” in 18 months.

CDA CHAPTER VIII-HOUSTON CANDIDATE, LISA PENNINGTON
~~~Has restored an early house in Plymouth, MA. Historic preservation, whether of structures or objects of material culture, or of history itself, is important to our mission. Lisa is Councillor General of The General Society of Mayflower Descendants. The GSMD Executive Committee recently met at this historic house for dinner... first time “in person” in 18 months.

CDA CHAPTER ###I-GA PIEDMONT DAMES~~~Janet Butler Walker & Robin Townes both stay busy with lineage activities. Robin -l...
06/25/2021

CDA CHAPTER ###I-GA PIEDMONT DAMES
~~~Janet Butler Walker & Robin Townes both stay busy with lineage activities. Robin -left is President of The National Gavel Society, and was founding CDA Chapter ###I President. Janet-bottom right- is President General of the National Huguenot Society. The ladies are pictured in Janet’s beautiful home at a Magna Charta event.

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

MADE FOR JOHN TAYLOE II (1721-1799) ~~~Builder of Mount Airy in VA. Table designed made between 1761-64.
06/25/2021

MADE FOR JOHN TAYLOE II (1721-1799)
~~~Builder of Mount Airy in VA. Table designed made between 1761-64.

#artisansofthesouth

Want to explore some of the most iconic Virginia interior architecture and furniture of the Rococo period? Luke Beckerdite’s 1982 MESDA Journal article, "William Buckland and William Bernard Sears: The Designer and the Carver" documents the designs, architecture, and furniture of these two master craftsmen for their elite Virginia patrons. Mr. Beckerdite explores the working relationship between architect and designer Buckland and carver Sears, who together collaborated on such notable projects as Gunston Hall and Mount Airy. In addition to creating intricately detailed architectural interiors, the pair worked together to produce furniture that reflected and complemented the style of the interiors in which they inhabited. MESDA’s sideboard table is an excellent example. It was made for the Tayloe family and part of the original furnishings of Mount Airy.

Read the article here: https://archive.org/details/journalofearlyso821982muse

Sideboard Table
William Buckland and William Bernard Sears
1761-1764
Acc. 3425

CDA PARENT CHAPTER MEMBERAMIE HOWARD & HER FAMILY~~~Visit Colorado, where they lived many years ago. Amie and husband Ba...
06/24/2021

CDA PARENT CHAPTER MEMBER
AMIE HOWARD & HER FAMILY
~~~Visit Colorado, where they lived many years ago. Amie and husband Barry, along with their daughter, three sons and extended
family, had a wonderful trip west. Amie and Barry pictured at left, with children and families at right. Family is everything! 💕

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

CDA PARENT CHAPTER MEMBER
AMIE HOWARD & HER FAMILY
~~~Visit Colorado, where they lived many years ago. Amie and husband Barry, along with their daughter, three sons and extended
family, had a wonderful trip west. Amie and Barry pictured at left, with children and families at right. Family is everything! 💕

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

DAUGHTER DAME AMANDA ALLERTON SVENSSON GRADUATES !!!~~~Now an alumna of Clarkston High School South. Joy abounded at the...
06/23/2021

DAUGHTER DAME
AMANDA ALLERTON SVENSSON GRADUATES !!!
~~~Now an alumna of Clarkston High School South. Joy abounded at the ceremony in spite of rain ☔️ Amanda is a granddaughter of former CDA President General Audrey Allerton Chapin Svensson.

There is nothing like a Dame!

DAUGHTER DAME
AMANDA ALLERTON SVENSSON GRADUATES !!!
~~~Now an alumna of Clarkston High School South. Joy abounded at the ceremony in spite of rain ☔️ Amanda is a granddaughter of former CDA President General Audrey Allerton Chapin Svensson.

There is nothing like a Dame!

06/22/2021

Picturing America: Immigrant Perspectives on Nature in the 19th Century & Today, the Museum’s new virtual exhibition, is now live on the website. It highlights thirteen artists and explores how nature functions as a universal motif to explore cultural identity and belonging across countries and eras.

Thomas Cole in “View on the Catskill-Early Autumn” mourned the devastation of the verdant valley due to the construction of the railroad by depicting the landscape untouched by human activity.

Timeline Photos
06/22/2021

Timeline Photos

#OnThisDay in 1784, the Virginia House of Delegates passed a resolution requesting to procure a statue of General Washington to be "of the finest marble and best workmanship."⁣⁣
⁣⁣
French artist Jean Antoinne Houdon was commissioned to create a life-size sculpture. It now stands in the rotunda of the Virginia General Assembly and was called a perfect likeness by Washington's contemporaries. ⁣
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(Image Credits)⁣⁣
Houdon's Washington, seen from the front, Albert Herring for Wikipedia, 2011. Virginia State Capitol, Richmond, VA⁣⁣
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#visitrichmond #rva #PublicArt #Houdon #HereComestheGeneral

LEIGHTON HAMMOND COLEMAN III~~~ CDA friend and colleague who is President of THE ORDER OF COLONIAL LORDS OF THE MANORS I...
06/22/2021

LEIGHTON HAMMOND COLEMAN III
~~~ CDA friend and colleague who is President of THE ORDER OF COLONIAL LORDS OF THE MANORS IN AMERICA. Leighton is certainly “looking the part” at “Hilldene” . The former home of Robert Todd Lincoln in Vermont is now open to the public. Prominent CDA member Miss Sarah Diodati Gardiner left the Order of Colonial Lords a major bequest in 1955, which was invested brilliantly and forms the nucleus of the Order’s beneficence fund today. One must be descended from a land owner of a colonial baronial manor who had right of leet.

LEIGHTON HAMMOND COLEMAN III
~~~ CDA friend and colleague who is President of THE ORDER OF COLONIAL LORDS OF THE MANORS IN AMERICA. Leighton is certainly “looking the part” at “Hilldene” . The former home of Robert Todd Lincoln in Vermont is now open to the public. Prominent CDA member Miss Sarah Diodati Gardiner left the Order of Colonial Lords a major bequest in 1955, which was invested brilliantly and forms the nucleus of the Order’s beneficence fund today. One must be descended from a land owner of a colonial baronial manor who had right of leet.

A COLONIAL DAME ON THE BEACH 🏖 ~~~Marjorie Merriweather Post
06/21/2021

A COLONIAL DAME ON THE BEACH 🏖
~~~Marjorie Merriweather Post

Happy #FirstDayOfSummer ☀️ Wishing you some fun in the sun, like Marjorie Merriweather Post, pictured here enjoying the seaside in the 1920s.

TONYA FINTON, A MEMBER OF CDA CHAPTER XXIII-VA WITH HUSBAND, TIM~~~Pictured at a recent wedding reception. Tonya says sh...
06/20/2021

TONYA FINTON, A MEMBER OF CDA CHAPTER XXIII-VA WITH HUSBAND, TIM
~~~Pictured at a recent wedding reception. Tonya says she is so glad to “be back” gathering with friends and family.

There is nothing like a Dame!

TONYA FINTON, A MEMBER OF CDA CHAPTER XXIII-VA WITH HUSBAND, TIM
~~~Pictured at a recent wedding reception. Tonya says she is so glad to “be back” gathering with friends and family.

There is nothing like a Dame!

06/20/2021

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY
TO OUR COLONIAL FORBEARS

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY~~~This family was deeply documented by their father, with ten portraits Commissioned. The Archer Payn...
06/19/2021

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY
~~~This family was deeply documented by their father, with ten portraits Commissioned. The Archer Payne family-shown-of Goochland County, VA by the artist William Hodgson of London & Richmond, formerly known as “The Payne Limner”, identified as of 2020. Left-Alexander Spotswood Payne ( 1780-1858) and John Robert Dandridge Payne (1789-1831) with their nurse, circa 1791. Courtesy of the VA Museum of Fine Art.

AMERICAS FIRST COLONIAL DAMES
~~~CDA 18890
www.cda1890.org

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY
~~~This family was deeply documented by their father, with ten portraits Commissioned. The Archer Payne family-shown-of Goochland County, VA by the artist William Hodgson of London & Richmond, formerly known as “The Payne Limner”, identified as of 2020. Left-Alexander Spotswood Payne ( 1780-1858) and John Robert Dandridge Payne (1789-1831) with their nurse, circa 1791. Courtesy of the VA Museum of Fine Art.

AMERICAS FIRST COLONIAL DAMES
~~~CDA 18890
www.cda1890.org

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Are you currently accepting applications for new members? I sent a query but have not heard back......thank you!
my 5th GGM and GGF Phillip Van Horne
Is the CDA a reciprocal organization with the Jamestowne Society, allowing those proven applications to be used as proof for CDA membership?
Oh my goodness! Loving the new Colonial Cocktails Recipe Book from my Los Angeles DAR Chapter!
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#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!
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