Events


June 4, 2020      POSTPONED 
Annual meeting

National Society of Colonial Dames in the State of New York Members are invited to join us for the Order's annual meeting, held at the headquarters of the National Society of Colonial Dames in the State of New York, 215 East 71st Street, New York City. The guest speaker will be Mary Calvi, Emmy Award winning television journalist. The recipient of the Timothy Field Beard memorial award is Morrison Harris Hecksher, Curator Emeritus of the American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

There will be a reception following the meeting, open to all attendees, and then a buffet dinner to honor the speaker and award recipient, and including remarks by Mr. Hecksher, will be served upstairs in the Withdrawing Room after the reception. Tickets for the dinner are available from the Order.

Book cover Copies of Mary Calvi’s debut award wining novel Dear George, Dear Mary: A Novel of George Washington's First Love, about heiress Mary Philipse's relationship with George Washington, will be available for purchase at the annual meeting for $30.00 per copy, payable at the event by cash, credit card or check

You may reserve your copy by email, and your book will available for pick up at the annual meeting. Please include the name you wish the author to use in the personalized inscription.

If you are unable to join us on June 4 but still wish to order a signed copy, you may send a check made out to "Fieldstone Book Company” for $35.00 ($30.00 + $5.00 postage). Your book will be signed by the author at the event and posted to you shortly thereafter by Fieldstone Book Company. Please include name you wish the author to use in the personalized inscription.

If you are a member, and are not receiving invitations to our annual meeting, please contact us via email, providing your new mailing address.


September 19, 2020
Visit to Philipse Manor sites

$60.00 per person, non-members and guests are welcome. Contact us for more information.
The itinerary will include:

Photo of Philipse Manor Hall


Guided tour of Philipse Manor Hall, the seat of the Lord of the vast Manor of Philipsburg.
 

Le Moulin Eatery & Wine Bar


Luncheon at Josyane Colwell's legendary Le Moulin Eatery & Wine Bar in Yonkers (glass of French wine included!).
 

Philipsburg Manor


Guided tour of the grounds and outbuildings of the former milling and trading complex of Philipsburg Manor.
 



PAST EVENTS

June 1, 2017
Annual meeting

The Order of Colonial Lords of The Manor in America held its Annual Meeting, Reception, and Dinner on Thursday, June 2, 2017 at The National Society of Colonial Dames in the State of New York’s headquarters at 215 East 71st Street, New York City.

In addition to researching seventeenth-century colonial manors, The Order of Colonial Lords of The Manor in America also supports historic preservation.

The 2017 Guest Speaker was architectural historian Michael W. Rayhill, who gave a presentation entitled the “Colonnade Row; Birth of the Gilded Age”, on the forgotten history of a remarkable set of neo-classical town houses located at present-day Lafayette Street in New York City where several founding families of the Gilded Age resided. Rayhill detailed how they all came to be neighbours on Colonnade Row and eventually intertwined through marriages.

Mr. Rayhill’s slides illustrated this unique period of New York City’s architectural history by showing what the streetscape and surrounding neighbourhood looked like at the time, and poignantly identified many magnificent buildings that, sadly, have since been demolished.

After Mr. Rayhill's fascinating lecture, Mr. Lawrence Pistell, President of the Order, inducted two new members: Mrs. William M. Evarts (formerly Helen R. Coleman) a descendent of Dr. Luke Barber of Warburton Manor, once located on the shore of Piscataway Bay, Maryland, and Mr. Charles Felix, a descendant of Frederick Philipse, of the Manor of Philipseborough, which was once located in parts of Westchester and Bronx in New York.

Following the induction, the members and their guests attended a lively punch reception hosted by The National Society of Colonial Dames in the State of New York in their beautiful reception room and outdoor terrace at East 71st Street, followed by a candlelight dinner at the same address. Among the guests were Laura Carpenter Myers, Director of the Van Cortlandt House Museum; Mr. John Krawcunuk, Executive Diretor of Historic House Trust; and Mr. William P. Johns, former Director of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society.

The dinner, which included toasts, stories, and merriment, ended at 9:30 p.m.