Welcome to The Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Illinois!

Fortiter Pro Patria

“Bravery for the Fatherland”

The Society of Colonial Wars is instituted 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 to inspire in the community respect and reverence for those whose public services made our freedom and unity possible.

Any male person above the age of eighteen years shall be eligible for membership provided that he is lineally descended from an an ancestor who during the period prior to the Battle of Lexington, April 19, 1775, served as a military or naval officer or held office in any of the Colonies.

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~ Upcoming Events ~

Thursday, December 7th

Winter Court- Stag Event
6:00pm White/Black Tie
Philip Zea- Historic Deerfield
The Casino

Sunday, January 14th 2018

Colonial Dames Lecture & Brunch
Robert Michael Morrissey
10:30am- Indian Hill Club

Tuesday, January 23rd 2018

The Chicago Maritime Museum
5:30pm- Private tourĀ 
7:15pm- Dinner at The Polo Inn

Friday, February 2-4th, 2018

“Palm Beach Weekend”
FL State Society
The Everglades Club
Brunch Saturday- The B&T
& Sunday- TBD

Thursday, February 22nd 2018

Annual All Member-
Membership Event
5pm Quarterly Council Meeting
6pm Cocktails & Hors d’oeuvres
7:30pm Dinner- The Racquet Club

Wednesday, March 28th 2018

Council Meeting- 11:30am
Program & Lunch Noon to 1pm
Tom Willcockson
The Casino

Saturday, April 28th 2018

Colonial History Lecture Series
Speaker: Wendy Warren
Newberry Library- 10am

Sunday, May 6th 2018

Summer Court
10:30am – Council Meeting
11:30am- Reception

Friday, June 1st, 2nd, 3rd 2018

Fort de Chartres- “Rendezvous”
Train trip to St. Louis

Wednesday, June 27th 2018

Council Meeting- 11:30am
Program & Lunch Noon to 1pm
The Chicago Yacht Club

Saturday, July 14th 2018

Annual Dinner DanceĀ 
with The Colonial Dames
The Onwentsia Club

Wednesday, October 3rd 2018

Council Meeting- 11:30am
Program & Lunch Noon to 1pm
The Casino

Saturday, November 3rd 2018

Colonial History Lecture Series
Speaker: David Silverman
Newberry Library- 10am

Thursday, December 6th 2018

Winter Court- Stag Event
6pm White/Black Tie
The Casino