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.

 

Purposes
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 possible."


"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 as:

"Bravely for Country"