CDA News

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

CDA Republishes Historic Book of Letters

Pages in Azure and Gold, a volume of letters originally published in 1915 on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the Society, has been republished by CDA to commemorate its 125th Anniversary and to benefit The Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden (MVHGM). The

The Little Hotel That Couldn’t – New York Times, March 2015

"The Colonial Dames of America own and operate the museum, having purchased it in 1924 to use as their headquarters. Originating as a carriage house in 1799, the building later served as a country hotel, the Mount Vernon, and then had turns as a private

Keeping History Alive – WAMU, Autumn 2014

  From WAMU.ORG: "Laura Belman descends from not one, not two, but three signers of the Declaration of Independence: Samuel Chase of Maryland, Oliver Wolcott of Connecticut, and William Ellery of Rhode Island. And she knows exactly what you’re going to say. “You’re going to say, ‘How

2014 Fall Fundraiser Benefits MVHMG

Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, curator of American Decorative Arts at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, was the guest speaker October 28, 2014 at the CDA’s annual Fall Fundraiser. Held at the Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium in New York City, the proceeds of the evening benefitted the

Preserving History at Home and Abroad – Summer 2014

Preserving History at Home and Abroad  By Sharri Whiting de Masi, Chair, CDA Communications Committee  From the The Social Register Observer: Since its founding in New York almost 125 years ago, The Colonial Dames of America has been distinctive for its international outreach, both in terms of

The Social Register Observer – May 2013

By Brantley C. B. Knowles, CDA 2nd Vice-President General Museum luminary Dr. Helen C. Evans was the designated honoree at the October 2012 Colonial Dames of America (CDA) soiree which benefitted The Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden (Museum). A former President General of the CDA,