The Prescott House in Boston, MA
Who We Are
The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is an organization of women that actively promotes and conserves our national heritage. Our activities are focused on historic preservation, patriotic service and educational projects.
We strive to preserve, learn about, and pass on to future generations an understanding of our Colonial heritage as part of the many diverse contributions that make up the richness of America's culture.
The Massachusetts Colonial Dames is organized as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. We own or operate three historic houses in Massachusetts - the Prescott House in Boston, Quincy Homestead in Quincy, and Martin House Farm in Swansea. Our properties are open to the public from May to November and at other times by special arrangement.
We also maintain an important costume collection (antique women's clothing collection). We regularly display selected items from our costume collection in our houses, and offer special exhibits from time to time. Our costume collection is open to people doing research in the field, and appropriate items can be loaned to other organizations for special events.
We sponsor or host projects related to patriotic service, such as a reception for veterans. We are one of 44 state societies of the national NSCDA. Through the national organization we contribute to an Indian Nurse scholarship program, a scholarship program for graduate students in American History, a high school essay contest, and the support of three national historic houses. We participate in the Smithsonian Institution’s national portrait survey and the NDCSA’s historic sampler survey, each of which adds to our understanding our past.
The national high school essay contest is open to high school sophomores, juniors and seniors in the Commonwealth, and we have been fortunate enough to have one or more winners from Massachusetts every year recently. The winner(s) receive a scholarship to the national Washington Workshops program, a week-long program during which students visit Congress, often meet with their Congressman, tour Washington and take part in a Model Congress focusing on a current national issue.
Our members must be lineal descendants of an ancestor who rendered significant service to the community during the Colonial period. This creates a lively group of women with a personal interest in the heritage of Colonial America.
We hope you will visit our houses and enjoy accessing our historic resources.