The first society of Colonial
Wars was established in 1892, and became the General Society of Colonial
Wars in 1893. The General Society is a tax-exempt organization under section
501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It charters individual State
Societies, and it is in one or more of the State Societies that an individual
holds membership. The aggregate of State Societies constitutes the General
Society. The Society of Colonial Wars exists in thirty States, including
all the Thirteen Original Colonies, the District of Columbia, and the
United Kingdom; tentative efforts are being made in Canada and New Zealand.
For a list of State Societies visit www.gscw.org.
The Preamble of the Articles of Incorporation of the General Society reads:
"Whereas It is desirable that there should
be adequate celebrations commemorative of the events of Colonial History
which took place within the period beginning with the settlement of Jamestown,
Va., May 13, 1607, and preceding the battle of Lexington, April 19, 1775.
The purpose for which the corporation is organized is to perpetuate the
memory of those events, and of the men who, in military, naval, and civil
positions of high trust and responsibility, by their acts or counsel,
assisted in the establishment, defense, and preservation of the American
Colonies, and who were in truth founders of this nation. To this end,
it seeks to collect and preserve manuscripts, rolls, relics, and records;
to hold suitable commemorations, and to erect memorials relating to the
American Colonial period; to inspire in its members the fraternal and
patriotic spirit of their forefathers, and inspire in the community respect
and reverence for those whose public services made our freedom and unity
"CANDIDATES FOR MEMBERSHIP IN THE SOCIETY OF COLONIAL WARS IN THE
STATE OF MAINE WHO ARE ALSO RESIDENTS OF MAINE MAY REQUEST ASSISTANCE
WITHOUT CHARGE IN PREPARING THEIR APPLICATION PAPERS FROM WARRIORS HAVING
GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH SKILLS"
"TO INCREASE YOUR CHILDREN'S SENSE OF THEIR MAINE HERITAGE, CHECK
OUT THE STORIES YOU HEARD TOLD AROUND A WINTER HEARTH DURING YOUR CHILDHOOD
BY SEARCHING FOR THEIR DOCUMENTARY FOUNDATION; EVEN NOW WHEN KNOWLEDGEABLE
SENIOR RELATIVES PERCHANCE ARE STILL WITH YOU AND CAN PROVIDE INVALUABLE
GUIDANCE FOR RESEARCH."
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The seal depicted above
is that of our national Umbrella organization, the General Society of
Colonial Wars. It features in three rows from upper left to lower right
the arms of the Colonies of: Virginia, The New Netherlands, Massachusetts
Bay, the Royal Arms of William III (New Hampshire), Connecticut, Maryland,
Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, the Royal Arms under the Hanoverians
1714-1775 (New Jersey), and Pennsylvania. The motto of the society translates
"Bravely for Country"