We support historic preservation and education to make Washington’s future as bright as its past.

The Washington State Society was founded in 1910 and currently has approximately 200 members who reside throughout the state. Our Society promotes our national and state heritage through historic preservation, patriotic services and educational projects. Members participate in our Society’s local and state committee activities according to their time and talent; support national museum houses and rooms through dues, contributions and fund raising efforts; support Society-approved scholarships programs; attend state and regional meetings; and volunteer ideas and assistance to carry out our purpose and objectives.

National History Day is a fun event that encourages students to become historians by developing research, analysis, presentation and social skills. Working individually or in groups, junior (grades 6-8) and senior (9-12) division students select a topic related to an annual theme. They conduct extensive historical research using primary sources, articles, and books, then distill their research and analysis into a dramatic performance, multimedia documentary, museum exhibit, website, or research paper.

National History Day and its state affiliate Washington History Day provide leading-edge training and curriculum materials to help educators meet and exceed education standards. Annual workshops help educators learn how to adopt National History Day in their classrooms, while also offering strategies that make history education interesting, exciting and fun for students.

Students may choose to compete in regional contests held in February and March, entering their project against others in the same division and category. Regional winners advance to the Washington History Day state contest, held in late April or early May.

Students who finish in first and second place at State in each category go on to the National contest, held in mid-June at the University of Maryland in College Park.

see more at washintonhistory.org


The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America was founded in May 1892, by a group of Philadelphia women dedicated to colonial history, historic preservation and patriotism.  The NSCDA is headquartered at Dumbarton House, a federal period museum house in Washington, D.C. 

Learn more at nscda.org

Students & Teachers

Since 1998, the NSCDA-WA has granted over $200,000 in scholarships to Washington state history teachers. We also support History Day through volunteer efforts and financial contribution and provide scholarships to students.

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The NSCDA is chartered to support the preservation of historic documents, objects and building related to the early history of our nation.  Each year the Historical Activities Committee invites several organizations to submit applications for grants to further historic preservation in Washington State.

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