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Guide to the Records of the
Society of Daughters of Holland Dames,
Descendants of the Ancient and Honorable Families of New Netherland
1895-2021
 MS 3034

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Historical Note

The Society of Daughters of Holland Dames, Descendants of the Ancient and Honorable Families of New Netherland (DHD), was organized on 8 May 1895 and incorporated 9 December 1895 "to perpetuate the memory and promote the principles and virtues of the Dutch ancestors of its members" by collecting and preserving "genealogical and historical documents relating to the Dutch in America," encouraging "excellence in historical research," and establishing "commemorative and durable memorials in lasting tribute to the early Dutch settlers." Similar in aim to the males-only Holland Society of New York (established 1885), the DHD is open solely to women over the age of eighteen who can prove descent from an ancestor, male or female, who was born in the Netherlands or New Netherland prior to the 1674 Treaty of Westminster (when the Dutch ceded control of the region to the English), or whose ancestor resided in New Netherland prior to the Treaty of Westminster, or whose ancestor held some official capacity in New Netherland (e.g., a Director General; a member of the Director General's council; a member of a governmental or religious body; a patroon or freeholder; a commissioner of Indian Affairs, boundaries, or treaties; or a commissioned officer, soldier, or sailor who served in defense of New Netherland).

In fulfillment of its goals the DHD has placed Dutch-specific monuments around New York City, most notably at St. Mark's Church-in-the-Bowery, where a stained glass window to Peter Stuyvesant (1610-1672), last Director General of New Netherland, was installed above his burial vault in 1903, and at the New-York Historical Society, where a stained glass window entitled "Memorial to Henry Hudson: The Arrival of the Halve Maen, 1609," was installed in the library in 1908. (The DHD later funded the restoration of both windows.)

From 1915 through the 1990s the DHD provided partial scholarships to American college students of Dutch ancestry. They have supported Dutch historic sites in New York City, such as the 18th-century Hendrick I. Lott House in Marine Park, Brooklyn, and the Brinckerhoff Cemetery, a colonial-era burial ground in Fresh Meadows, Queens. The DHD has hosted visits of the Dutch royal family (by tradition its female members have been honorary Holland Dames), and participated in anniversary celebrations, such as the 2009 Henry Hudson Quadricentennial/NY400, in recognition of their Dutch ancestors.

The Society of Daughters of Holland Dames, Descendants of the Ancient and Honorable Families of New Netherland governing board is headed by its Directress General. The following women have held that position through 2020 (their membership numbers appear after their names):

Directresses General, 1895-2020

1895-1898
 Mrs. William Gihon (Caroline Remsen) [3]
1899-1902
 Miss Margaret Sophia Remsen [14]
1903-1906
 Mrs. Eugene A. Hoffman (Mary Crooke Elmendorf) [10]
1907-1909
 Mrs. Frederick Hasbrouck (Melinda Harriet Van Voorst) [39]
1910-1912
 Mrs. D. Phoenix Ingraham (Frances Adelaide Leverich) [80]
1913-1916
 Mrs. William Tod Helmuth (Fannie Ida Pritchard) [103]
1917-1920
 Mrs. James Allan MacDonald (Cara Crooke) [169]
1921-1924
 Mrs. Wright Prescott Edgerton (Fannie Helmuth) [153]
1925-1928
 Miss Margaret Augusta Jackson [78]
1929-1932
 Miss Louise Capron Rapalje [170]
1933-1935
 Mrs. Russell Evans Tucker (Clara deRussy Nichols) [255]
1936-1937
 Mrs. John Henry MacCracken (Edith Constable) [362]
1938-1941
 Mrs. William Henry Sage (Amelia Whitney) [317]
1942-1945
 Mrs. John Henry MacCracken (Edith Constable) [362]
1946-1950
 Mrs. Irving L. Cabot (Ida Livingston Hagedorn) [418]
1951-1952
 Mrs. C. Herbert Appleby (Leila Alice Varet) [466]
1952-1957
 Mrs. Quinto Maganini (Margaretta Mason Kingsbury) [460]
1958-1961
 Mrs. Robert Leighton Crawford (Leila Alice Varet) [466]
1962-1965
 Mrs. John Kean (Mary-Alice Barney) [472]
1966-1969
 Mrs. Hoyte Joyce (Anne Hoyte Hicks) [507]
1970-1973
 Mrs. Franklin Bache Satterthwaite (Emily Vaux Cresson) [494]
1974-1977
 Mrs. William Halsted Savage (Carolyn Bleecker Mackie) [545]
1978-1981
 Miss Catherine Cary [588]
1982-1987
 Mrs. William Jay Brennan Jr. (Lucy Curley Joyce) [530]
1988-1991
 Mrs. Charles James Irwin (Jane Remsen Darlington) [589]
1992-1995
 Mrs. Dennis Daughtry McCrary (Eugenia Potts Lester) [606]
1996-2001
 Mrs. Alexander O. Vietor (Anna Glen Butler) [597]
2002-2008
 Mrs. Ernest P. Brinkley (Barbara Alice Andrews) [673]
2008-2011
 Mrs. Lee Crandall Park (Mary Elizabeth Woodfill) [699]
2011-2017
 Mrs. Peter Kimmelman (Elbrun Eileen Russell-French) [683]
2017-2020
 Dr. Suzanne Roff, PhD [784]

[Adapted from Society of Daughters of Holland Dames, Descendants of the Ancient and Honorable Families of New Netherland: Historical Records, 1895-2017, Including Reprints of the Society's Original Record Books, and  Register of Members, 1895-2019. For information on the current activities of the Society of Daughters of Holland Dames, Descendants of the Ancient and Honorable Families of New Netherland, visit www.hollanddames.org.]