The Colonial Dames of America
Founded in 1890, The Colonial Dames of America (CDA) is an international society of women members whose direct ancestors held positions of leadership in the Thirteen Colonies. The organization's goals are education of American history and historical preservation. The CDA owns and maintains the accredited Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden in New York City, which is also the headquarters of both the CDA and the New York Parent Chapter.
The CDA provides scholarships to institutions for graduate students in American history, supports its thirty-four chapters in the United States and abroad in their individually chosen educational and historic preservation projects, and presents an annual book award to an American author for a current work of non- fiction focusing on American history, politics or culture.