Nancy "Nan" Louise Smith Ackerman

President General



Casting Our Nets For Membership


Start by Doing the Necessary, Then the Possible and Suddenly

You Are Doing the Impossible.  Francis of Assisi 


And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship,

as ye shall find.  They cast therefore, and now they were not able

to draw it for the multitude of fishes.  John 21:6

Be watchful, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong.

Let all that you do Be Done in love.  1 Corinthians 15:13 & 14

The National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century is an organization of women, eighteen years of age or over, who are lineal descendants of an ancestor who lived and served prior to 1701 in one of the Original Colonies in the geographical area of the present United State of America.  Our members are devoted to preserving the memory of those that settled in the United States of America prior to 1701.

Established on July 15, 1915, the National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century is a non-profit organization with its headquarters located in Washington D.C.  Constructed in 1884, the headquarters building holds historical significance and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

To uphold and continue the values and ideals of our ancestors, our work is dedicated to the preservation of historic sites and records, promotion of heraldry and coats of arms, and support of charitable projects and education. Through these and many other activities, we acknowledge and honor those individuals whose enduring legacy of virtue, courage and patriotism formed this great nation.

As we enter our second century, it would be our honor to welcome you to visit our Headquarters to use our library, attend a lecture, or view one of our exhibitions.

On behalf of our over 11,000 members, I invite you to explore our website and learn more about our wonderful organization. 

Nan Ackerman
President General 2019-2021