She is a person who shares the devotion to her country and the principles upon which it was founded that inspired her ancestors. She is a person who believes that the gifts of the past, both spiritual and material, should be preserved, and who has deep concerns for the welfare of the nation’s government and its people. The Object of the Society is Patriotic, Historical and Educational: to research the history and deeds of the American colonists, and to record and publish them; to commemorate deeds of colonial interest; to inculcate and foster love of the United States of America and its institutions by all its residents; and to obey its laws and venerate its flag, the emblem of its power and civic righteousness.
The Society was incorporated under the laws of the District of Columbia on April 25, 1921; and a Federal Charter was granted to the National Society by the Ninety-Eighth United States Congress as Public Law 98-561 on October 30, 1984.
The objectives of DAC, Patriotic, Historical and Educational, are fulfilled in many ways. Our members give thousands of volunteer hours to each of these committees annually:
Patriotism is shown through projects of:
- the Flag of the United States of America Committee which has supported the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, as well as giving flags to schools, churches and hospitals, and presenting programs on flag etiquette and the history of the flag;
- the Patriotic Education Committee which works through schools and Naturalization Courts by giving bookmarks that detail the important symbols of our Country;
- the Veterans’ Services and National Defense Committees which have supported many organizations including Operation First Response and Yellow Ribbon Fund, encourages volunteer service in veterans’ hospitals, and sending care packages to the troops;
- the National Awards Committee which provides annual gifts for achievement at the United States Service Academies across the country. State Societies and Chapters also present ROTC/JROTC, American history, and citizenship awards through this committee;
Historical objectives are supported through projects of:
- the Colonial and Genealogical Records and Lineage Book Committees which preserves historical records;
- the Historic Landmarks and Memorials Committee, which is responsible for locating and marking sites of historical importance;
- the Yorktown Day Association Committee, which participates in the annual commemoration of the surrender of General Cornwallis to the American and French forces in 1781;
- the Cape Henry Commemoration Committee, which honors the site where English colonists first landed and erected a cross on April 26, 1607 before establishing the first permanent English settlement at Jamestown, Virginia in the name of King James I of England;
- the Children of American Colonists project which provides support to young people of both sexes in leadership roles and patriotism.
Education is stressed through the following committees:
- the Patriotic Education Committee by giving bookmarks describing important symbols of our Country and through the use of the Colonial kit, a teaching aid that contains tools, clothing, and activities that would have been used by colonial children.
- the American Indian Scholarship Committee for scholarships provided to American Indian students,
- the College of the Ozarks Committee for scholarships provided to students working their way through the College.
- In addition, scholarships are given at Iowa Wesleyan College in nursing and at Emory and Henry College in history, as well as many other schools and colleges which are supported by chapter and state societies.
- The Golden Acorn Committee is comprised of those members who join the Society from the age of 18 through the age of 35. They remain Golden Acorns until their 45th birthdays. The Golden Acorn Committee focuses projects towards commemorating Native American history. Computers, display cases and special historical Indian books have been given to the Bacone College Library Native American Collection.
DAC also has a number of other committees which provide a role in the operation of the organization:
- The Technology Committee maintains a website that is available to the public as well as a members’ only section.
- A comprehensive National Yearbook is printed each year.
- Lineage books are published and placed in libraries throughout the country.
- The Society has an excellent genealogical library with many hundreds of books and manuscripts at National Headquarters, located at 2205 Massachusetts Avenue NW, on Embassy Row in Washington, DC.
- This building is maintained by the National Headquarters Committee and is open to the members. This distinguished building is furnished with authentic period pieces and has the air of a gracious private home.
- The NSDAC magazine, The Colonial Courier is the official publication of the Society and is published three times a year. It contains articles relating to the activities of chapters and state societies and of historical and genealogical interest. Subscriptions are purchased by members and also are given to school, public and university libraries.
- The annual General Assembly is held each April in Washington, DC. Members from across the country enjoy being with their DAC friends. Elections are held every third year.
Each National President has a special project to enhance the objectives of the Society. Projects have included:
- a gateway and marker at Berkeley Plantation in Virginia (site of the first authorized Thanksgiving Day in America on December 4, 1619);
- an endowment fund for day to day maintenance of National Headquarters;
- renovation of the Bacone College kitchen and dining hall;
- a statue of William Penn;
- scholarship endowments;
- videotape documentaries for the Patrick Henry National Memorial;
- a microfilm fund for preservation of members’ lineage papers;
- an archaeological survey and preliminary excavations at Green Spring, Virginia (plantation of Sir William Berkeley, Royal Governor of Virginia);
- marking of early trails used by settlers as they move from colonial settlements;
- paintings of colonial women in Jamestown;
- and a total renovation of our National Headquarters building and furniture.
New members become part of a Chapter, a State Society, and the National Society, which is one of the larger of the nation’s hereditary organizations. Every member’s interest and participation is vital to aid the Society in continuing to grow in strength and achievement, in love of country, in historical preservation of a cherished heritage, and in education of all citizens in what America is and for what it stands.
Carole Rambo Holt