Support

Help us preserve the past for future generations.

A view of the Fatio House on Aviles Street, by William Staples Drown The task of restoring and preserving an important historic property like Ximenez-Fatio House Museum is costly and ongoing. Decades of dues and donations from the Florida Dames; grants from the State of Florida, Bureau of Historic Preservation, Division of Historical Resources; and gifts from private foundations like the duPont Fund have taken us this far. But we need help from individual donors like you to carry on! Every gift, large or small, is vital and appreciated.

Mission, Standards & Goals

Since 1939, The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in The State of Florida (NSCDA-FL) has worked to preserve a forgotten but important chapter in Florida history by investing in the Ximenez-Fatio House Museum in St. Augustine. Like generations of Florida Dames before them, current members support this effort financially. A great many also contribute their time, leadership, scholarship and creativity.

Our Mission

“To preserve and interpret the historic Ximenez-Fatio House Museum in St. Augustine as an inn, depicting the beginning of Florida tourism in the early 1800s, describing the early entrepreneurship of the women who owned the property and furthering an appreciation of our cultural heritage.”

Standards we live by

Knowing that we are entrusted with the preservation, restoration and presentation of our State Museum, we are committed to maintaining the highest standards of professional and ethical museum practices and historical scholarship.

These high standards apply to our relationships with each other and the management of the Society. They guide our efforts to be an important educational and cultural resource for the community. They motivate us to create a dynamic learning environment based on scholarship and focused on service. Our standards also encourage learning, reflection, dialogue, engagement and enjoyment. They prompt us to seek collaborations and partnerships.

We engage our members through clear communication, by encouraging discussion of the Museum’s goals and by listening to new ideas. We are open to exploring reinterpretation of our collections from time to time for the purpose of connecting to relevant cultural issues, if it makes sense to do so. We strive at all times to maintain positive relationships with our neighbors and the community.

Museum goals

  1. Provide exceptional stewardship to ensure that the Museum is known for preservation excellence
  2. Expand our outreach and relevancy to the community
  3. Secure long-term sustainability through healthy endowments and ongoing, consistent annual support, both within NSCDA-FL membership and beyond
  4. Grow Florida Dame member engagement in the Museum