Daughters of Colonial Wars

New York State Society



Photo by Dr. Thomas E. Bird


Welcome to the Daughters of Colonial Wars in the State of New York.  We invite your interest in our organization and our activities.  For additional information, please send an email to President Mary Raye Casper. Pictured above are members and guests at a recent meeting in Binghamton, New York.

Our next meeting is expected to be held in November 2012 in Rhinebeck, NY.








Photos by Anne Farley


The objects of our organization are to:

·         Honor and perpetuate the memory and spirit of the men and women who, by their acts and counsel, assisted in the establishment, defense and preservation of the American Colonies;

·         Collect and preserve records relative to the American Colonies;

·         Promote historical research and the study of history and to commemorate the events of the American Colony Period between 1607 and 1775;

·         Inspire patriotism and loyalty to our Country; and

·         Foster a spirit of fellowship among the members of the Society.



Our State Society has approximately 25 members located from Long Island to Niagara Falls.  Our work supports the various projects of our National Organization, including:

·         An annual award to a teacher of Colonial history and patriotism;

·         An annual award for historic research and preservation;

·         Contributions for the purchase of rare Colonial books for the College of William and Mary’s Swem Library;

·         Financial support of the Cathedral of the Pines, designated “Altar of the Nation,” and

·         Annual awards to outstanding cadets graduating from the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Military Academies.



We welcome your inquiries about membership.  National bylaws provide that any woman is eligible for membership who is not less than eighteen years of, age; who is of good moral character and reputation; who is in sympathy with the Objects of the Society; who is personally acceptable to the Society; and who is lineally descended in the male or female line from an ancestor who, from the time of the settlement at Jamestown (May 13, 1607) to the battle of Lexington (April 19, 1775):

·         Served as a military or naval officer, or as a soldier, sailor, marine or privateers-man, under the authority of the Colonies that afterward formed the United States, or in the forces of Great Britain that participated with those of the said Colonies in any wars in which the said Colonies were engaged, or in which their men were enrolled, or,

·         Served in any civil position of high trust and responsibility in the Colonies, such as Director General, Vice Director General, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Deputy Governor, Governor's Assistant, Lord Proprietor, Secretary, or Treasurer of a Colony or Province, member of the King's or Governor's Council, or Legislative Body in the Colonies, or Commissioner to the United Colonies or New England, or Member of the Council, or Body of Assistants, as well as Receiver General, Attorney General, Surveyor General, and such titles as Sheriff, Constable, Mayor, Judge, Justice of the Peace, Customs Officer, Master of Ordnance, or other elective or appointed offices in the Colonies.



To inquire about membership or other aspects of the Society’s work, please send an email to:

NYS President:  Mary Raye Casper


You are also invited to visit our National Society’s web site at www.nsdcw.org.


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