Welcome to the Nashville Town Committee Page!

We are actively working to keep you informed and are very excited to share with you all the projects, activities, and gatherings we offer. Here you will find information about:

  • Our mission
  • Nashville Town Committee (NTC) activities, such as our Fall and Spring Meetings, Christmas Party, Spring Meeting, New Dames Soiree, Orientation
  • Historical Activities
  • Patriotic Services
  • NTC Board

And much, much more. We hope you enjoy our NTC page and encourage you to visit us often.

Cynthia Harris and Pam Shampain

Our Mission

Travellers Rest Historic Museum, Inc. is dedicated to preserving and interpreting the Overton home and serving as a gateway for learners of all ages to explore and experience Nashville’s historic past. Travellers Rest engages a national audience while contributing to Nashville’s future, preserving regional history, and inspiring learners from all backgrounds and of all ages.

The invitation you accepted didn’t come from a friend or relative...

…and it was not a social request. It was a “sacred obligation” to honor and preserve the history of our origins, and to foster interest and understanding, not among the few, but for the many. Not for the purpose of entertainment, but to “stimulate a spirit of true patriotism and a genuine love of country.”

We live in difficult times. So many of our citizens have forgotten what this country was built on. Cooperation has given way to division and love of country often takes a back seat to love of comfort and possessions. Our sisters and brothers are not misguided, just misinformed. The story of our origins still has the power to inspire good women and men, but only if our voice is louder, and our efforts further reaching.

The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America works to inspire all people to understand and honor our origins as a nation. We understand that by promoting respect for the people, places and events that led to the formation of our country, we can inspire the patriotism of our fellow citizens. Our service honors the wisdom and valor of those whose sacrifices and achievements gave birth to our great nation.

The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America works to inspire all people to understand and honor our origins as a nation.

Patriotic Service programs promotes respect for the people, places, and events that led to the formation of our country. The Tennessee Dames provide American History awards which are grants-in-aid to undergraduate and graduate students studying American History or related areas, such as Historic Preservation, in Tennessee colleges and universities. They also send an outstanding Tennessee high school student who is the winner of the Congressional Essay Contest to Washington, DC to participate in the week-long Washington Workshops Foundation Congressional Seminar. The Tennessee Dames also contribute to the American Indian Nurse Scholarship Fund, one of the first scholarship funds established by the Dames in 1927. Our individual Town Committees have and participate in many projects to support American troops, veterans, and their families. They send care package to combat areas and to Landstuhl Medical Center in Germany. Collections of personal care items and other needed articles for the Tennessee VA Medical Centers is a tangible way to thank our veterans for their sacrifice and service. Showing support and appreciation to veterans directly supports the mission and Objects of our Society. They also attend Naturalization Ceremonies and welcome new citizens into our great country with gifts of flag brochures, flags, lapel pin flags.

The Tennessee Society has many projects devoted to preserving the history of our families, our communities, and our state. A most successful project has been The Tennessee Portrait Project. This website, sponsored by the Tennessee Dames, provides images of portraits and information about the subjects and artists for portraits housed both in and outside of Tennessee.

Members of the Knoxville Town Committee have created memory books with information about their family histories. Members of the Nashville Town Committee have been preserving video histories through their interviews of Nashville Dames who have recounted their personal histories, including their personal Dames’ stories.