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The First Fifty Years

Southern Dames of America

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History November, 1962, a group of women of Southern ancestry realized the need for an organization to bring into communication other women of Southern ancestry that they might compare interests and methods of work to become mutually helpful; encouraging ophthalmic research, the study of political science and other phases of education through scholarships, supporting an eye program; promoting benevolent, patriotic, educational and literary endeavors, including the study of Southern history.

April 14, 1963 The National Society Southern Dames of America, Inc. was chartered under Georgia law.

June 2-6, 1963 The First National Assembly was held in Atlanta, Georgia, at the Atlanta Biltmore hotel.

November 14-16, 1963 Board of Management Meeting was held in Jacksonville Florida. Members from the seven states approved the design of the Coat of Arms with organized societies.

1981 The Helen Keller Gazebo was built by the National Society Southern Dames of America to honor Helen Keller, an honorary member of the NSSDA. It was built on the grounds of Ivy Green, the home of Helen Keller. Contributions are made to aid in the maintenance of the gazebo.

Founders Mrs. Murray Forbes Wittichen (Kathryn Slaughter) and Mrs. Lee H. Lyle (Doris Walker)

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