The National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century
is comprised of 46 state societies and one international society
in Canada. These state societies are further divided into
chapters. Our 11,500 members share a common interest in American
history, love of and respect for our nation, and a desire to
work together in harmonious fellowship to achieve the important
goals in the Object of the Society. Please visit the
website to learn more about the Society and how we achieve our
Chapter of Austin, Texas, is proud to be the home
chapter of the first Colonial Dames XVII Century President
General from Texas. Mrs. Earl Middleton served in this office
1949-1952. Visit our Chapter History page to learn more about
Mrs. Middleton and Chapter history.
Marinda Middleton (Mrs. Earl)
June 7, 1876 - January 29, 1957
University of Illinois Alumna
Founder of Chapter 1941
First elected Texas Society President 1941 - 1943
President General 1949 - 1952
Honorary President General For Life
Chapter in Austin, Texas, meets four
times a year: September, November, February, and May on the 2nd
Wednesday of the month. The meeting begins with refreshments at 10:30 a.m.
and program at 11:00 a.m. We usually conclude our meeting by noon.
Our membership is very diverse, with teachers, stay at home
professionals, retirees, and juniors (members aged 18-40) from
Austin and surrounding cities. We
are an active chapter with members serving as state officers,
state chairmen, and delegates to the National conference held
each April in Washington, D.C.
if you are interested in attending our meetings. We welcome
prospective members and guests. We invite you to visit the
Society's website for information about eligibility