centerTitleText3 With these words, spoken in April 1890, Maria “May” Demming Van Rensselaer (Mrs. John King Van Rensselaer) of New York initiated what was to become the oldest colonial lineage society for women in the United States. Welcome to The Colonial Dames of America. Celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2015, the Society was established to commemorate the history of the thirteen American colonies and the men and women who founded them. Our mission is to preserve historic sites and objects, award scholarships, educate the public about American history, inspire patriotism, and promote fellowship among our members.