The National Society of Colonial Dames in the State of New York has been managing the preservation of Van Cortlandt House Museum since 1897. Our Society was the first state to manage a museum property.


The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America actively promotes our national heritage through historic preservation, patriotic service, and educational projects.

“The objects of this Society shall be to collect and preserve manuscripts, traditions, relics, mementos of bygone days; to preserve and restore buildings connected with the early history of our country, to educate our fellow citizens and ourselves in our country’s history and thus diffuse healthful and intelligent information concerning the past, to create a popular interest in our Colonial history, to stimulate a spirit of true patriotism and genuine love of country, and to impress upon the young the sacred obligations of honoring the memory of those heroic ancestors whose ability, valor, sufferings, and achievements are beyond all praise.”

From Article II of the National Constitution

Welcome From our Board of Managers

Dear Friend,

In the spirit of one of our pioneering former presidents, Mrs. William A. Brown, "We are deeply invested in the NSCD NY's future as a hub for 'education and inspiration' in New York." Our organization was created in memory of our forefathers and foremothers who helped create this Nation, and we see it as our duty to honor their efforts. We do that through programs that enrich and educate future generations in our founding ideals and American history. May we all work to embrace the American spirit of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.


The Board of Managers,
The New York Society

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