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Motto 2013-2015

Celebrating Our 100th Anniversary


Uniting Our Strength Toward Common Goals


Archive Storage of State Records
STATE Heraldry Workshop
Marking & Preservation of Historic Sites
Develop New Membership

Object of the National Society:

  • To aid in the preservation of the records and of the historic sites of our country;
  • To foster interest in historical colonial research;
  • To aid in the education of the youth of our country;
  • To commemorate the noble and heroic deeds of our ancestors, the founders of our great Republic;
  • 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;
  • To maintain a Library of Heraldry and preserve the lineage and Coats of Arms of our Armorial ancestors;
  • To develop a library specializing in seventeenth century American colonial data.
  • Welcome from your State President

    Dear Michigan Dames:

    Our Michigan State Society of Colonial Dames 17th Century is one of 48 state societies within the National Society of over 11,500 members. All of the members share a common interest in American history, love and respect for our nation, and a desire to work together in harmonious fellowship to achieve the goals listed in the Object of the Society.

    The National Society was organized in 1915 by Miss Mary Florence Taney. Our 100th Anniversary as a society will be celebrated at the 91st National Conference to be held April 8-11, 2015, at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.

    Our National Headquarters, built as a family home in 1884, is located at 1300 New Hampshire Avenue NW, in Washington, D.C. It is a three story, 23 room house. There are formal rooms with period furnishings, and a museum collection of items from the Colonial Period, as well as offices, a room of Coats of Arms display, and a research library for colonial history.

    The Michigan State Society was organized on June 18, 1981, and there are currently four chapters in Michigan that are part of the State Society. The chapters are located in the Greater Detroit area, the Muskegon area, the Lansing-Grand Rapids area, and the Northern Michigan area.

    Marking and preservation of historic sites is one goal of Colonial Dames, and during the terms of the last two state presidents each achieved a major marking for our state society. Ruth Rice 2011-2013, was successful in placing a beautiful granite bench from the Michigan Society at the River Raisin 1812 National Battlefield in Monroe, Michigan. While Patrice DeHaan was State President 2009-2011, the Michigan Society placed a marker on St. Anne's Church on Mackinac Island. This church still holds records of birth, baptisms and marriages dating back to 1695.

    Hopefully, during the next two years the State Society will be able to make other markings. We also need to talk about a plan to archive our state records in storage, and help members achieve success in searching for coats of arms among their ancestors. A State Heraldry Workshop is planned for August, 2014, led by National Chairperson, Maureen McGowan- Singer, will be open to all of our members in Michigan. As always, we need to continue to attract new members.

    Mary Jane Burdett, President 2013-2015
    Michigan State Society, Colonial Dames XVII Century


    This beautiful Centennial Quilt is a celebration of 100 years. Each State Society contributed a state block for the quilt. The quilt was unveiled in April 2012 and will hang somewhere in our Society House in DC.

    Follow the link above to view this Centennial Quilt.


    National Dues are now $27.00, State Dues $7.00, State Directory $3.00. Chapter dues are set by each chapter.

    Chapter Treasurers please make sure you are collecting the correct amount.

    Membership Eligibility

    Any woman of good moral character, eighteen years of age or over, is eligible for membership, provided she has been invited by the Society, is eligible through birth parents or adopted parents if there is a blood relationship to the applicant, 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. Lineal descent shall mean direct legal blood descendant. No person may enter the Society under known false lineage records.

    Membership is in the National Society but members join through Chapters. Michigan currently has four Chapters. Admission into the Society is by invitation and the endorsement by two members, to whom the applicant is known personally, and approval of lineage papers by the President General, Registrar General and Treasurer General. Documentary proof of an ancestor's service prior to 1701 is required. There are 20 categories of eligible service as detailed in the list below, including both male and female ancestors.

    Service Categories

    Documentary proof of an ancestor's service and residence prior to 1701 in one of the following is required:

    1. Historic Founder of Jamestown or Historic Founder of any of the original colonies
    2. Member of the London, Plymouth or Virginia Companies who came to the colonies to live.
    3. Colonial Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Deputy Governor, or Colonial Officer.
    4. Member of the House of Burgesses.
    5. Member or Delegate to the Council of the Assembly.
    6. Deputy or Representative to the General Court.
    7. All civil and church officials and services.
    8. Founder or Trustee of any college or school.
    9. Minister of the Gospel or Commissary of the Bishops of London.
    10. Member of the Council of Safety of 1689.
    11. Signer of the Mayflower Compact.
    12. Member of the House of Delegates.
    13. All Professions, Trades and Crafts.
    14. All Military and Naval services of the colonies.
    15. Any who furnished funds or supplies.
    16. Member of Provincial Congress.
    17. Landowner or Planter.
    18. Freeman:
             a. applies to the New England Colonies only as an official service.
             b. applies to a person given the right of suffrage or right to hold a public office by the general or quarterly court.
             c. requires person to produce documentation individual was a member in good standing of some Congregational church.
             d. the Freeman's Oath was the first paper printed at Cambridge by Stephen Days in 1639.
    19. Headright:
             a. applies to a head of a household to whom land was granted on condition that the settlement by such an individual would be made upon the land.
             b. applies to a person named in a land grant or other official record.
    20. Transportee:
             a. applies to one who was conveyed from another country to the American Colonies.

    For information on joining a Michigan Chapter near you, contact Corresponding Secretary - Nancy Chascsa

    Michigan Chapters

    Captain Thomas Taber Chapter - Muskegon area - President, Bonnie Vokits

    Elizabeth Patch Chapter - Lansing and Grand Rapids area - President, Patrice DeHaan

    Elizabeth Walker Warren Chapter - Northern Michigan area - President, Mary Jane Burdett

    Metamora Chapter - Greater Detroit area - President, Barbara Hofmann

    State Officers

    President - Mary Jane Burdett
    1st Vice President - Barbara Allison
    2nd Vice President - Lou Hixson
    Chaplain - Barbara Foster: PO Box 635, Standish, MI 48658
    Recording Secretary - Patrice DeHaan
    Treasurer - Janet Smart
    Corresponding Secretery - Nancy Chascsa
    Registrar - Barbara Martin
    Organizing Secretary - Clara Vickers
    Historian - Carolee Chrisman
    Librarian - Ruth Rice
    Parliamentarian - Claire Pryor

    National/State Chairmen

    National Standing Committees
    Awards, Gifts and Special Activities - Janet Smart
    Bylaws - Ruth Rice
    Colonial Heritage, Research and Records - Mary Ellen Vangoff
    Flag Custodian - Vicki Chrisman
    Grave Markers - Patrice DeHaan
    Gravestone Preservation - Kathy Stricher
    Headquarters Decorating
    Heraldry and Coats of Arms - Ruth Rice
    Insignia - Carolee Chrisman
    Junior Membership
    Marking and Preservation of Historic Sites - Ruth Rice
    Museum - Barbara Allison
    Music - Arlene Robertson
    National Defense
    One Hundredth Anniversary - Mary Jane Burdett
    Pocahontas Projects - Lou Hixson
    Printing and Publications - Patt DeHaan
    Public Relations
    Technology Support - Patt DeHaan
    Veterans Service - Nancy Chascsa

    State Committees
    Auditing - Barbara Allison
    Budget - Janet Smart
    Computer - Patt DeHaan
    Credentials - Mary Jane Burdett
    Prospective Members Assistance - Barbara Martin

    State Meetings

    All Members Welcome to attend November 7, 2014 Michigan State Board of Management
          Time: 10:30 AM
          Place: TBA

    March 21, 2015 Michigan State Conference
          Time: 10:30 AM


    Executive Board Meeting Agenda State Conference Agenda -


    August 20, 2014 Heraldry Workshop presented by Maureen McGowan-Singer, National Heraldry Chair
          All members of Michigan 17c Colonial Dames are urged to attend! This will be a wonderful opportunity to learn how to apply toward your Coat of Arms!
          Time: 10 AM to 3 PM
          Location: Linden United Methodist Church, 201 Bridge St., Linden MI (take exit 79 off US-23)
          Cost: $15 which includes lunch
          Register: by August 10, 2014 to
                     State Heraldry Chair Ruth Rice
                     State President Mary Jane Burdett or call 989-739-8244

    April 8-11, 2015 National Conference , Mayflower Hotel, Washington, DC


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