Dumbarton HouseThe National Society of The Colonial Dames of America (NSCDA) actively promotes our national heritage through preservation of historic properties, patriotic service projects, and educational programs.  The NSCDA, founded in 1891, is an unincorporated association of 45 Corporate Societies with over 15,500 members.  The Society headquarters is located at Dumbarton House, a Federal period museum in Washington, DC.

While each state society is active, the Illinois Society is especially proud of our support of the USO at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center and the Clarke House Museum, Chicago’s oldest house.  Educational opportunities are available for students in elementary and secondary school as well as those in advanced graduate studies.

In particular, we are pleased to partner with the Washington Workshops Foundation, a leading experiential learning program in Washington, DC. Each year nationally, the NSCDA provides scholarships for local students to visit our nation’s capitol to learn about the important role citizens play in a democratic society.  Our essay contest provides a no-cost opportunity for local winners to see the “inside” of Washington and meet with our local Congressional delegation, as well as representatives from the judicial and executive branches of government.  For more details on the Washington Workshops, please visit www.workshops.org.

The Colonial Dames also share a unique collaboration with the National Flag Foundation. Through their Young Patriots program, lessons on American History, government and citizenship can be brought into the classroom. The Young Patriots programs include multimedia resources, teacher’s guides and carefully prepared printed materials. For more details, visit www.americanflags.org.

The Illinois Society of the NSCDA believes the future of our state and our nation lies in the education of our youth. Our programs, services and projects are examples of our commitment to making sure Illinois young people understand their roles as responsible citizens and act with knowledge in preserving our nation’s freedom and ideals.


Congressional Essay Contest

WW LogoThe award-winning Washington Workshops seminars bring to life the lessons of American democracy. These six day programs seek to increase citizen participation in the electoral process while increasing students knowledge of contemporary events through informative, on site dialogue sessions with leaders from both the federal government and private sectors.

To constantly seek out new information, to become involved and to find new answers are the timeless missions of youth and the goals of the Washington Workshops Foundation.

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