Programs & Projects

The programs and projects of the National Society promote its Objects.  While emphasis changes with each administration, some projects and awards are ongoing:

1.  The National Historian's Teacher Award recognizes teachers and leaders of youth organizations in each state for outstanding achievements in demonstrating good citizenship and patriotism and by teaching young people about Colonial American heritage and history.

2.  The Historic Research and Preservation Award is given for Colonial research and preservation such as restoration of records as well as oral, written, or pictorial contributions.

3. The Patriotic Education Essay Competition is intended to make our youth aware of the past and the great sacrifice that was made by the first men and women who came to America and founded this great country. There are monetary awards to the first, second, and third place winners at the national level.

4. A contribution is given annually to Jamestowne Rediscovery to support a summer intern at Historic Jamestowne.

5.  A contribution is given annually to the Earl Gregg Swem Library of the College of William and Mary for the purchase of rare Colonial books.  This library is considered to have one of the finest collections of American Colonial books in the world.  The Wrenn Building housing the library is the oldest academic building in the United States, dating from the English Colonical period.

6. A contribution is given annually to the Virginia Historical Society (VHS), to cover a subscription to and other purposes of the VHS.

7. The National Society makes a financial contribution for maintenance of the Cathedral of the Pines at Rindge, New Hampshire, designated by the United States Congress as the "Altar of the Nation."  Each year, on May 30, a memorial service is held at the "Cathedral" for all American war dead and is attended by the National President or her representative when possible.

8. Each year the National Society presents an award to a graduating cadet from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York.  The winner is selected by the History Department faculty for excellence in the study of American history.  The winner receives an engraved presentation pitcher, paid for by the National Society, which is presented during the annual award ceremony. 

Outstanding American History Teacher

The National Society Daughters of Colonial Wars annually recognizes outstanding American History teachers.  Competitions are run on the State and National levels.    

Purpose:  The awards recognize outstanding service by the exemplification and encouragement of patriotism and interest in American History and in our American Heritage.  

Eligibility:  Teachers in elementary, secondary, intermediate, high school and college are eligible.  Leaders of youth organizations, who promote the study of American History, are also eligible.  The teacher nominated must teach in the state that sponsors the nomination.  Members of Daughters of Colonial Wars are not eligible.  

NSDCW Patriotic Education Essay Contest

NSDCW annually sponsors an essay competition open to 5th through 8th graders. Each year a new topic is announced.  Essays are 250 to 500 words. They are judged on subject matter, interest, spelling, and punctuation.  State winners are forwarded to compete in the national level competition.  Each child who participates will receive a certificate of appreciation.  There will be monetary awards and certificates presented at the NSDCW Annual Assembly in April for the first, second, and third place National winners.


Purpose:  To make our youth aware of the past and the great sacrifice that was made by the first men and women who came to America and founded this great country.


Subject for 2016-2017:  Compare and Contrast Jamestown Colony and Popham Colony”  




Deadline: 1 January 2017 - essay submission to State Chairman for the Patriotic Education Essay Contest

If your school is interested in participating, contact the DCW State President for your state.  


Future Topics

2017-2018  Imagine you are a young man among the Colonial settlers in Popham Colony.  Write about your life in that colony.

2018-2019  Virginia of Sagadahoc

Historical Markers

One of the NSDCW objectives is to commemorate the events of the American Colonial Period (1607 - 1775).  To further this objective, the National Society or a State Society places historical markers.  The official insignia of the National Society on a bronze plaque is used to mark a historic event, site, building, trail, etc.


One example of an NSDCW historical marker is the one placed by the Illinois Society in Chicago, Illinois on N Michigan Avenue on the east side of the bridge.  Latitude: N 41° 53.369, Longitude: W 87° 37.430.  The inscription is:

On December 4, 1674 Pere Jacques Marquette, S.J. and two voyageurs built a shelter near the mouth of the Chicago River. They were the first Europeans to camp here, the site of Chicago. 

Erected by Illinois Society 
Daughters of Colonial Wars 
in our 50th year