“Our Dames share a love of history as well as a love of country, and we joyfully create projects that meet our mission’s goals,” said Carolyn Markert in an address to the MTC and guests at a luncheon celebrating the100th anniversary on Oct. 26 at Marietta Country Club. Markert, a Flowery Branch resident serves on the History Committee of MTC.
“This anniversary marks not only 100 years of service in our state and community and even nationally but it’s special because we have recorded those 100 years in our book,” she said.
The book, a history of contributions of notable women in Marietta titled “The First 100 Years of the Marietta Town Committee of the National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Georgia,” details the establishment of MTC in 1912 by 10 women who were certified members of the Georgia Society of the Colonial Dames of America. These founding members began meeting in 1902 as the “Marietta Circle” and formed the Town Committee after the Georgia Society of Colonial Dames granted them the right to establish a local chapter.
“We’ve endured because we’re a group of women who are bound by a common purpose. We’re part of a national society of descendants from colonial men and women who greatly contributed to the founding of our country,” Markert said.
MTC has been strong from its inception on a local, state and national level through a variety of pursuits such as historic preservation and documentation, authoring books, granting scholarships, and educational efforts.
“It is our responsibility as Dames to teach the lessons of patriotism and to preserve our country’s history for others. Our society was founded to keep America’s history alive. We love doing that,” Markert said.
“We celebrate our personal colonial heritage and remember the sacrifices of ancestors that enable us to have a free country. We celebrate Dames who remind others of our country’s history and honor the men and women who continue to sacrifice for freedom and liberty.”
Membership in the MTC is by invitation to women 30 years or older and less than 70 years old who have a qualifying colonial ancestor of importance in accordance to NSCDA guidelines. Although many of the MTC are legacies, a family member cannot nominate a prospective member.
“The MTC has made sure that people from around Georgia understand why we cherish our community and its history,” Markert said.
To order a copy of “The First 100 Years of the Marietta Town Committee of the National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Georgia,” send a $25 check made to The Marietta Town Committee of The NSCDA to Florrie Corley, 285 Kennesaw Ave., Marietta, 0060-1671. Call (770) 427-3052 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.