The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of DE (Delaware Dames) will open their historic headquarters, The First Presbyterian Church of Wilmington (“The Little Church”) on Sunday, September 10th from 2:00-4:00 pm in celebration of their organization’s founding 125 years ago. The Delaware Dames’ accomplishments will be on display.
The Little Church, built in 1740 at 10th and Market Streets, was dismantled and moved in 1918 to its present location at 1420 West Street by the Delaware Dames and the National Society of the Colonial Wars in Delaware.
In 1892 the Delaware Dames became the fourth society to join the national association (NSCDA), which currently claims 44 corporate societies and over 15,000 women members around the nation. The organization’s mission is to further an appreciation of national heritage through historic preservation, patriotic service, and educational projects.
Most recently, Delaware Dames partnered with the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation to complete the Wilmington Industrial Powerhouse, a permanent exhibit in the Riverfront Room at the Copeland Maritime Center. Other projects have included the preservation of Old Swedes Church, The Dover State House, The Old Town Hall in Wilmington, the Amstel House in New Castle, The John Dickinson Mansion and Gardens, The Grand Opera House, The George Read House and several other area properties. The members have erected many memorials one of which was a memorial in Oak Orchard to honor Nau-Gwa-Ok-Wa, the last woman of the Delaware Nanticoke Tribe to adhere to tribal customs, dress and language.
In addition to providing scholarships to selected ROTC participants and other Delaware students, the Dames welcome new citizens each year with a special reception following a naturalization ceremony at Wilmington’s Caleb Boggs Court House.
The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Delaware
Betts Jackson, President
No registration needed
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