The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Texas, incorporated in 1898, became the thirtieth corporate society to become a member of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America. The original charter was signed by twenty-two women in Austin, Texas, on February 22, 1898. Because of its central location in Texas, Austin became the headquarters of the society. The size of Texas necessitated the formation of Town Committees: There are now nine Town Committees including one At-Large Committee: Austin, Beaumont, Dallas, El Paso, Ft. Worth, Houston, San Antonio and Waco. The Texas Society has approximately 650 members.
Our Mission and Purpose
“The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America actively promotes our national heritage through historic preservation, patriotic service and educational projects.””The objects of this Society shall be to collect and preserve manuscripts, traditions, relics, and mementos of bygone days; to preserve and restore buildings connected with the early history of our country; to educate our fellow citizens and ourselves in our country’s history and thus diffuse healthful and intelligent information concerning the past; to create a popular interest in our Colonial history; to stimulate a spirit of true patriotism and a genuine love of country; and to impress upon the young the sacred obligation of honoring the memory of those heroic ancestors whose ability valor, sufferings, and achievements are beyond all praise.”
Our “Bluebonnet Story”
In 1901, the Texas Legislature decided to select a state flower and there were several serious contenders: the cotton boll, since cotton was
“king” in Texas then, and the cactus, because of its hardiness and orchid-like beauty. But the NSCDA in Texas convinced the politicians to vote for their choice, the Lupinus subcarnosus, “generally known as buffalo clover or bluebonnet,” by carrying fresh bluebonnets and the pictured oil painting by Mode Walker, “Bluebonnets and Evening Primroses,” into the chamber. The resolution was passed into law on March 7 without any recorded opposition.
Lupinus subcarnosus blooms on the rolling hills of coastal and southern Texas with sheets of royal-blue in early spring. But another variety of bluebonnet, the Lupinus texensis, is the showier flower that inspires many artists. So, for over 70 years, the Texas Legislature was encouraged to change its choice of State Flower. Finally, in 1971, the Legislature handled the problem by adding the two species together, plus “any other variety of bluebonnet not heretofore recorded,” and lumped them all into one State Flower.
Our beautiful, unique silk scarf features authentic details conveying the history of the State of Texas and the Neill-Cochran House
Museum. It is the creation of internationally acclaimed designer Marisol Deluna. At the center of the scarf you will find the Seal of the Texas Dames surrounded by native yellow roses and, of course, bluebonnets. The border features the “X and Stick” design found on the balcony of the NCHM, a design that Abner Cook used often. The Texas State Flag represents the patriotism fostered by the Colonial Dames. And on three corners there is a design of the rosettes taken from a doorknob in the NCHM with the wording “Neill-Cochran House Museum”.
An order form can be found in the Members’ Section/Forms.
In 2007 The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Texas selected the bluebonnet as the central motif of a state pin. J. Caldwell completed the design of the pins, each 1 1/8 inches with raised gold bluebonnets on a “Dames Blue” background, rimmed with tiny raised gold beads, one round, the other oval.
An order form for the pin can be found in the Members’ Section/Forms.
You will also find an order form for the Badge of the National Society in the Member’s Section/Forms.
The first history of the Texas Society of the Colonial Dames, written by Mrs. Francis Lewis Price between 1898 and 1930, explains the significance of the design of the Seal: “The importance of a seal for the Society soon became evident, and different designs were submitted to the members for their approval. In due time there was adopted the Tiffany seal, composed of a star, emblematic of Texas, the Lone Star State, and like the wreath of laurel and oak, is taken from the seal of the state of Texas. The Colonial Dame gives note of the colonies. The crown represents England from which our country, through the colony in Virginia, received its form of government. Over the crown is a reproduction of the Alamo.”
To elaborate further the oak branch signifies strength and the laurel stands for victory. The date, 1898, is the year that the NSCDA in the State of Texas was founded.
Our Salute to the Flag
“To the Glory of God, and in grateful remembrance of those, our ancestors, who through evil report and loss of fortune, through suffering and death, maintained stout hearts and laid the foundation of our country, we, The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Texas, pledge our loyal and affectionate allegiance to the Flag.”
Our Logo and Our Commitment to the Future
The five-point star is an unmistakable symbol of American patriotism. Three stars represent the tri-fold objective: historic preservation, patriotic service and education. Notice the flourish in the letter A in NSCDA. This represents graceful movement into the future while honoring our founders. The tagline “Entrusted with History’s Future” reaffirms our strong ties to our colonial heritage and the commitment to preserve our historical properties.
The NSCDA and its 45 State Societies preserve more historic properties than any group outside the Federal Government. Our National Headquarters is at Dumbarton House in Washington, D.C., which we own and operate as a museum. Our State Domicile, The Neill-Cochran House in Austin, serves as our State Headquarters and operates as a Museum.