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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the Society of the Cincinnati?

The Society of the Cincinnati is the nation's oldest patriotic organization, founded in 1783 by veteran officers of the Revolutionary War. Today, it is a nonprofit historical and educational organization that promotes an appreciation for the achievement of American independence through library, museum, and educational programs and other efforts. Click here for more information on the Society.

Why is the organization called the Society of the Cincinnati?

The Society of the Cincinnati took its name from the ancient Roman hero Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus, a hero of the Roman Republic. In the fifth century BC, Cincinnatus led the republic's army against foreign invaders and, after their victory, returned power to the Senate and refused rewards for his service. He became the embodiment of civic virtue both in the classical world and eighteenth-century America. The founders of the Society referred to themselves as “Cincinnati”—a plural form of the name Cincinnatus—to indicate their commitment to the virtues of the Roman hero. Click here for more information on the Society's name.

How do I learn more about becoming a member of the Society?

Members of the Society are qualified male descendants of officers of the Continental Army and Navy and their French counterparts during the Revolutionary War. Visit the Membership page for more detailed membership guidelines.

Is Anderson House open to the public?

Yes! Anderson House is one of the premier historic house museums in the Washington, D.C., area. It is open to the public for tours Tuesday through Saturday, 1 – 4 p.m. Admission is free. Click here for more information.

Is it possible to host a special event at Anderson House?

Yes. Anderson House is a spectacular location for corporate dinners, private parties, wedding receptions, and other events. Visit the Rental Events page for information on spaces, rates, and more.

How do I arrange to do research in the library or museum?

The Society's library is open to researchers by appointment Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is no fee for using the library. Contact us at library@societyofthecincinnati.org or 202.785.2040, ext 411 to make an appointment. Qualified researchers may also conduct research in the museum collections with an appointment. For more information, visit the Library or Museum Collections pages.

Does the Society accept donations to the collections?

The Society gratefully accepts donations to the collections that meet its collecting priorities and guidelines. Generally, the Society is interested in acquiring museum and library materials that document the history of the Revolutionary War, the art of war in the eighteenth century, the Society of the Cincinnati and its members, Anderson House, and Larz and Isabel Anderson. Click here for more specific information on the Society's collections.

Is Anderson House accessible by wheelchair?

Yes. There is an accessible entrance with a ramp into the building from the front courtyard. The second floor of Anderson House is accessible by elevator. If you have other special needs or would like to discuss accommodations before your arrival, please call 202.785.2040.

Are there any resources or collectibles available for sale?

The Society sells a variety of books, CDs, DVDs, and gift items to the public. Visit the Shop page for a list of items and ordering information.