Welcome to our NSCDA Arizona Society website!
We’re so grateful for your interest to learn more about us! The Arizona Dames are an active, vibrant group in Tucson and the Phoenix area. Since the founding of the NSCDA-AZ in 1961, we have worked toward the NSCDA mission statement that is to actively promote our National heritage through historic preservation, patriotic service, and educational projects.
Our Arizona members support historic preservation by giving to our National Headquarters at Dumbarton House, Gunston Hall, and Sulgrave Manor. To learn more about the houses, click here.
This is an active committee with many members participating. Our regular activities include an American History undergraduate scholarship and a Native American Nursing Scholarship that alternate between the 3 major universities, University of Arizona, Arizona State University, and Northern Arizona University yearly. We also provide two scholarships to local middle or high school history teachers to Colonial Williamsburg Teachers Institute for an emersion in our colonial history. This is one of our most rewarding projects; just to see the excitement that the teachers bring back to their students & for them to share our American history. Each year the Patriotic Service Committee selects a special project. For the last three years, we have taken the 40 Cameron Native American Veterans 40 bags of useful items. Our members are generous in their support donating American flags, flag holders, quilts, lap robes & throws, soap, shampoo, tooth brushes, first aide items, etc. Many of the famous 'WWII Code talkers" came from the Cameron group. They are located very near the Grand Canyon and we go there annually. We support our local Native American veterans with annual Christmas stockings filled with goodies. We are active at the Tucson VA Medical Center with donations of clothing and books.
In addition, our state society supports scholarship programs that include student and teacher opportunities to further their education. For example, this year we sent two history teachers to travel, visit and learn for a week at the Teachers Institute in Williamsburg, Virginia. We also provided a Native American Nursing scholarship to an NAU scholar and History student. Last year and in many years prior, we’ve sent a high school student for a week to our National Washington Workshop program that provides leadership opportunities for students across the country.
We have state meetings four times a year in addition to tours to educational and historical sites as well as Phoenix/Scottsdale town meetings. At our state meetings, we have speakers who provide education to our members and guests in our “Learn with Lunch” series and we enjoy each other's company as well as lasting friendships.
Prior projects also include support for the Ft. Lowell museum and Sosa Corillo Fremont House where you can click here to see.