The National Society of the Colonial Dames

The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Colorado is a chapter of The National Society of The Colonial Dames, a lineage organization founded in 1891 by women dedicated to furthering an appreciation of our national heritage through history preservation, patriotic service, and educational projects. The Colorado Chapter is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.

Members of the State Society volunteer for the Museum Committee led by an elected Chairman. The Committee meets regularly to make decisions about the maintenance of the property and operations of the Museum. A part-time curator is employed and volunteer docents give many hours of their time to provide the public tours and run the educational programs at the Museum.

Over the past five decades the Committee’s goal of historical education has developed and greatly expanded. Students from Colorado Springs and surrounding areas have greatly benefited from the Museum’s resources and educational programs.

This Museum is not supported by federal, state, county, or city governments.

Therefore, the expenses of keeping this lovely house open to the public must be met by the State Society and its members, grants, public donations, gifts in kind, fundraisers, and admissions.

Volunteers and Docents


Over the years people in the community have been generous with their time and talents to benefit the Museum.  Among these volunteers have been painters, gardeners, puppeteers, barber shop quartets, Indian dancers, face-painters, and opera singers.

Volunteers are always needed for small repair projects at the house and grounds, computer expertise, public relations, special events, research projects, clean up, snow removal, and development of educational materials for school children.

Please call 719.635.7925 or e-mail if you can be of help.


Anyone with a special interest in the history of Colorado Springs and an inclination to learn more and share this knowledge with visitors and students is encouraged to apply to become a docent at the museum.

Docents go through an extensive training program and refresher courses with the Museum curator.  As a docent you will learn a script and lead tour groups through the Museum. Hours are flexible and the experience is fun.

Please contact the museum if interested.

McAllister Foundation

The McAllister Foundation was incorporated in 1991 as a separate 501(c)3 charitable organization to establish and administer an endowment fund for the exclusive use and benefit of the McAllister House Museum in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The Foundation is governed by a seven member board. Current members of the Board are:

  • Chair: Barbara Harrison
  • Secretary: Janice Larson
  • Treasurer: Barbara Rasmussen
  • Other Board members: Dorothy Kraemer, Elizabeth Downs, Monica Hobbs, Sally Christiansen, and Terry Thatcher

The fund is managed by the Colorado Springs Investment management firm Ramsay, Stattman, Vela & Price, Investment Advisors.

The Foundation annually distributes 4% of the fund’s average total assets to the Museum to support operating expenses. The distribution is currently approximately 25% of total operating expenses.

Donate to the Foundation

Open the Camera app on your phone and hold it up to the QR Code below and you will be sent to our Paypal account where you can make a donation to The McAllister Foundation. Thank you for your support!

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McAllister House Museum Colorado Springs Opening Day 1961

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