About the Society
The Society of Colonial Wars was founded in New York in 1892 for the purpose of furthering the interest in, and study of, America’s Colonial history for the period between the settlement of Jamestown, Virginia on May 13, 1607 and the battle of Lexington on April 19, 1775.
The Society continues its mission by collecting and preserving manuscripts, rolls, relics and records; erecting memorials; hosting commemorations; and supporting academic research for the purpose of inspiring in the community respect and reverence for those whose public service made our freedom and unity possible.
To accommodate a Society of national scope the General Society was established in 1893 to charter State Societies.
The members of the Society are male descendants of those in military, naval and civil positions of high trust and responsibility whose acts and counsel assisted in the establishment, defense and growth of the American Colonies. Current members have been invited to join only after fulfilling their State Society's individual application procedures and membership requirements.
It is in one or more of the State Societies that an individual holds membership, and the collective federation of State Societies constitutes the General Society.
The General Society is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.