The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America
in the State of Illinois

The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Illinois (NSCDA-IL) has maintained its headquarters at Lathrop House since 1923. Its membership is composed of women who are descended in their own right from an ancestor who resided in an American colony prior to July 5, 1776. This ancestor must be approved by The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America (NSCDA) as having provided distinguished service to the country during the colonial period and having contributed to the founding of the nation.

As its mission, the NSCDA “promotes appreciation for the people, places and events that led to the formation and development of our country . . . [and] has been a leader in the field of historic preservation, restoration and interpretation of historic sites.” The National Trust for Historic Preservation presented its Trustee Emeritus Award for Excellence in the Stewardship of Historic Sites in 2000 to the NSCDA "for acquiring, restoring, and interpreting a collection of historic properties that offer invaluable opportunities to experience the rich variety of America's heritage."

The NSCDA-IL owns and cares for the period furnishings of the Clarke House Museum, the oldest house in Chicago. The collection is continually being upgraded so that it accurately presents pre-Civil War Chicago. The NSCDA-IL also supports the museum’s educational programs and community outreach.

The NSCDA-IL offers patriotic programs for schools and scholarship awards for graduate students in history, sends winners of an annual high school Essay Contest to a week-long summer workshop in Washington, D.C., and works with the USO at Great Lakes Naval Station.

Further information about NSCDA-IL is available at www.nscda-il.org.

Further information about the national society is available at www.nscda.org.

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