CDA News

OCT 21, 2015 – CDA Fall Benefit Supports MVHMG Education Programs

"Turning Points", the theme of the 2015 fall benefit for The Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden, celebrated the Colonial Dames of America in the 1960s and 70s, by whose efforts the Society restored the museum, conserved its collection, purchased the adjoining property for offices,

Jan 12, 2016 – Dames Travel to View Gardens in Rye, NY

Bundled against the January cold, thirteen Colonial Dames and candidates, joined MVHMG director Terri Daly to visit the Jay Heritage Center’s exhibit, “Mary Rutherfurd Jay, Garden Architect.“ The Greek Revival mansion in Rye, NY,  was built in 1838, making it a contemporary of CDA’s own Mount Vernon

Fall Museum Benefit Set for October 21, 2015

The CDA fall benefit for the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden, is set for October 21, 2015. The annual event will support the education programs of our museum, which is owned and operated by the CDA and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. All

Summer 2015: CDA Celebrates Historic Events

It was a summer of history, when Dames represented our Society across the world. President General Sharon Vaino and Second Vice President General Brantley Knowles were involved in the events in the UK surrounding the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta. Pictured at

Regional Meeting Held in Dallas – September 2nd, 2015

Representatives of Texas chapters met in Dallas September 2, 2015 for a Regional Meeting facilitated by Brantley Knowles, Second Vice President and Chairman of the Chapter Liaison Committee for Special Initiatives, and BOM member Charlotte Christian. The meeting was held at the home of Chapter

New Downloads: CDA Brochure and 125th Anniversary Video

*Our CDA1890 website has been upgraded to a higher security level, making your exploration of the site even safer. We will continue to refine and upgrade the site, always striving to support our CDA Brand and to protect our members and information. *The video produced for

Help Maintain Our Unique Garden

Help Maintain Our Unique Garden, an Oasis in the City of New York Our wonderful CDA garden at the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden needs your help now. Fall planting, ivy cleanup, and soil replenishment must be done very soon in order to prepare for

CDA 125th Anniversary Annual Meeting held in NYC

The 125th Annual Meeting of The Colonial Dames of America was held in New York May 2-4, 2015. The weekend program of events began May 2 with the Executive Council Meeting at the Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium. Chapter presidents, delegates, members and Board of Managers members

Social Register Observer – Summer 2015

The Colonial Dames of America is celebrating its 125th Anniversary in 2015. Founded in New York in May 1890 by Mrs. John King Van Rensselaer, the CDA (or “Society”) is the oldest women’s lineage society focusing on the Colonial period. A new website,, was launched