Join the Society of Colonial Wars in Illinois

Any male person eighteen years of age or older, of good moral character and reputation, shall be eligible to membership in the Society of Colonial Wars, provided he is lineally descended in the male or female line from an ancestor:


1. Who served as a military or naval officer, or as a soldier, sailor, or marine, or as a privateersman, under authority of any of the Colonies which afterward formed the United States, or in the forces of Great Britain which participated with those of the said Colonies in any wars in which the said Colonies were engaged, or in which they enrolled men, during the period from the settlement of Jamestown, May 13, 1607, to the Battle of Lexington, April 19, 1775; or

2. Who held office in any of the Colonies between the dates above mentioned, as:
(a) Director General, Vice Director General, or member of the Council, or Legislative body, in the Colony of the New Netherland;
(b) Governor, Lieutenant or Deputy Governor, Lord Proprietor, member of the King’s or Governor’s Council, or of the Legislative body, in the Colony of New York, the Jerseys, Virginia, Pennsylvania, or Delaware;
(c) Lord Proprietor, Governor, Deputy Governor, or member of the Council, or of the Legislative body, in Maryland, the Carolinas, or Georgia;
(d) Governor, Deputy Governor, Governor’s Assistant, or Commissioner to the United Colonies of New England, or member of the Council, body of Assistants, or Legislative body, in any of the New England colonies; or
(e) Justice, Judge, Justice of the Peace, or other judicial officer.

Preliminary Application: $85.
Application Fee and Genealogist Review: $250.
Annual Dues: $120.
Application Procedures
Preliminary Application
For further information contact: Registrar William M. Fox at

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~ Upcoming Events ~

Sunday, May 5th, 2019

Shoreacres – “Summer Court”
A Colonial Warriors Event that The Colonial Dames are invited to.
10:30 am Brief Council Meeting for all members
11:30 am Reception with wine, bellinis and Bloody Marys.
Bagpiper and procession / 12:30 pm – lunch followed by program.
$105.pp inclusive.  Jacket & Tie.

Wednesday, June 26th 2019

The Chicago Yacht Club – Council Meeting & Program
11:15 am arrival – iced tea passed
11:30 am Council Meeting
Noon – Lunch with Program ending at 1:00 pm.
Optional parking at the club available for $12 per car paid in advance with reservation.
Guests are encouraged to join program & Lunch at Noon.
Jacket & Tie $46.pp

Saturday, July 13th 2019

Onwentsia Club –Annual  Summer Dinner Dance  co-sponsored with The Colonial Dames
6:30 pm Cocktails & Hors d’oeuvres on the terrace
7:30 pm Dinner in the Living Room with music and dancing.
Jacket & Tie Required. 

Wednesday, October 2nd 2019

The Casino Council Meeting & Program
11:15 am arrival – iced tea passed 
11:30 am Council Meeting
Noon-Lunch with Program ending at 1 pm.
Jacket & Tie Required.
Parking available at 200 E. Delaware and 221 E. Chestnut St.
Guests are encouraged to join program and lunch at Noon.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

The Newberry Library – Colonial History Lecture Series
Mark A. Peterson,  Professor of History at Yale University, “The City-State of Boston: The Rise and Fall of an Atlantic Power, 1630-1865” 
10am- Free and open to the public; no registration required

Thursday, December 5th, 2019

The Casino  -“Winter Court”
6 pm Drinks and Hors d’oeuvres
7 pm Council Meeting
7:30 pm Dinner followed by Program finishing by 9 pm followed by backgammon in The Cocktail Lounge and Red Room.
White Tie Preferred or Black Tie with Optional Decorations.
Parking available at 200 E. Delaware and 221 E. Chestnut Street. Guests are encouraged.
Speaker: Brenton Simons, CEO, The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS)