The Priscilla Alden Chapter of the Colonial Dames XVII Century was organized in Sacramento in October 1964 and chartered in 1965. The organization is comprised of 11,500 members nationwide who share a common interest in American history, love of and respect for our nation, and a desire to work together in harmonious fellowship to achieve the important goals of the Society.
The Object of the National Society is to:
- Aid in the preservation of the records and of the historic sites of our count
- Foster interest in historical colonial research
- Aid in the education of the youth of our country
- Commemorate the noble and heroic deeds of our ancestors, and to maintain zealously those high principles of virtue, courage and patriotism which led to the independence of the Colonies and the foundation and establishment of the United States of America
- Maintain a Library of Heraldry and preserve the lineage and Coats of Arms of our Armorial ancestors
- Develop a library specializing in seventeenth century American colonial data
- Identify and mark historic sites (especially those with Colonial period import)
- Acquire books, microfiche readers and funds for our library
- Document our ancestors and the roles they played in the development of our great Nation
- Maintain a museum in our National Headquarters building
- Maintain the grave site of Pocahontas "Lady Rebecca Rolfe" in Gravesend, England and have a scholarship in her honor for those of Native American descent interested in pursuing the medical professions
- Volunteer hours at VA Hospitals and provide clothing and household goods to assist our veterans and help them rebuild civilian lives
Any woman of good moral character, eighteen years of age or over, is eligible for membership, provided she has been invited by the Society and is the lineal descendant of an ancestor who lived and served prior to 1701 in one of the Original Colonies in the geographical area of the present United States of America. Membership is in the National Society but members join through Chapters.
We are happy to be part of Family History Day. Please stop by our exhibit and tell us about your colonial roots. We can share more information about our Chapter’s activities and membership.