An hereditary patriotic society, organized in New York City on April 12,
1883, and incorporated on June 12, 1885. Its objects are to perpetuate the
memory and to foster and promote the principles and virtues of the Hugenots;
to publicly commemorate at stated times the principal events in the history
of the Hugenots; and to collect and preserve all existing documents,
monuments, etc., relating to the genealogy or history of the Huguenots of
America. Membership is extended to descendants of Huguenot families which
emigrated to America or to other countries prior to the promulgation of the
Edict of Toleration, November 28, 1787, as well as to writers who have made
the history of the Huguenots a special subject of study. The insignia of the
society consists of a badge, pendent from a gold dove with spreading wings
surmounted by a rising sun, and worn on a watered-silk ribbon of white,
bordered with red, white, and blue. The badge itself is of Gold, surrounded
by a wavy, ornamental border, and bearing on the obverse the device of
Marguerite de Valois, a marigold turning toward the sun, and a ribbon with
the motto, "Non Inferiora Secutus," while on the reverse is the name of the
society, as well as the name of the member and number of the insignia. This
society has its headquarters in New York City, where a valuable library,
consisting of Huguenot books, manuscripts, et., has been collected. There
are branch societies in several States and cities, notably in Virginia,
Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and New Jersey. Its publications are known as
Collections of the Huguenot Society of America. In 1898 it celebrated the
tercentenary anniversary of the promulgation of the Edict of Nantes, at
which delegates from societies abroad were present, and a memorial volume
containing a full account of the exercises was published in 1900.

Source:  The New International Encyclopaedia
Copyright:  1902, 1903, 1904, 1905
Publisher:  Dodd, Mead and company--New York
Volumes:  Total of 21 volumes
Transcribed by Miriam Medina