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    125 Years

    Who we are


    Meet SAR

    The SAR, the largest male lineage organization in the U.S., consists of 50 societies with more than 500 local chapters, several international societies and over 34,000 members. SAR is dedicated to assisting our members, schools, teachers and the general public in their efforts to sustain and preserve our history and constitutional principles.

    ​GENEALOGY

    ​Genealogy is just the first step in becoming an active member of the organization.  Trace your lineage to a patriot who supported the American cause during the Revolution.​

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    Genealogical Research Library

    The SAR Genealogical Research Library collection contains over 55,000 items including family histories; local, county, and state records; and online genealogical databases. The Library is open to the public on weekdays from 9:30AM until 4:30PM and on the third Saturday of each month from 9:00AM until 4:00PM.

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    The SAR Store

    Celebrate your heritage with SAR apparel, medals, historic replicas, personalized items and more. All purchases help support the Sons of the American Revolution's mission of preserving the legacy of our patriot ancestors.

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    SAR Center

    ...Whereas, past Congresses have authorized the raising of funds to build and endow a new library facility at our headquarters complex in Louisville, Kentucky, and furthermore to add educational outreach capabilities, staffed by professionals, targeting both the regional and nation-wide community-at-large...

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    SAR Foundation

    The SAR Foundation was established in 2000 as the fundraising arm of the SAR. Its first fundraising objective was to lead a capital campaign to build a new library and museum in Louisville, Kentucky. Today, the preservation effort continues.

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    Revolutionary War Timeline

    1754
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    • The French & Indian War

      From 1754-1763

      The French & Indian War was fought between the colonies of British America and New France, with both sides supported by military units from their parent countries of Great Britain and France, as well as Native American allies. At the start of the war, the French North American colonies had a population of roughly 60,000 European settlers, compared with 2 million in the British North American colonies. The outnumbered French particularly depended on the Indians. Long in conflict, the metropole nations declared war on each other in 1756, escalating the war from a regional affair into an intercontinental conflict.

    • Signing of the Treaty of Paris

      February 10th, 1763

      Ending the Seven Year’s War, also known as the French and Indian War in North America. France ceded all mainland North American territories, except New Orleans, in order to retain her Caribbean sugar islands. Britain gained all territory east of the Mississippi River; Spain kept territory west of the Mississippi, but exchanged East and West Florida for Cuba.

    • Proclamation of 1763

      October 7th, 1763

      Wary of the cost of defending the colonies, George III prohibited all settlement west of the Appalachian mountains without guarantees of security from local Native American nations. The intervention in colonial affairs offended the thirteen colonies' claim to the exclusive right to govern lands to their west.

    • Sugar Act

      April 5th, 1764

      The first attempt to finance the defence of the colonies by the British Government. In order to deter smuggling and to encourage the production of British rum, taxes on molasses were dropped; a levy was placed on foreign Madeira wine and colonial exports of iron, lumber and other goods had to pass first through Britain and British customs. The Act established a Vice-Admiralty Court in Halifax, Nova Scotia to hear smuggling cases without jury and with the presumption of guilt. These measures led to widespread protest.

    • Stamp Act

      March 22nd, 1765

      Seeking to defray some of the costs of garrisoning the colonies, Parliament required all legal documents, newspapers and pamphlets required to use watermarked, or 'stamped' paper on which a levy was placed.

    • Quartering Act

      May 15th, 1765

      Colonial assemblies required to pay for supplies to British garrisons. The New York assembly argued that it could not be forced to comply.

    • Virginian Resolution

      May 30, 1765

      The Virginian assembly refused to comply with the Stamp Act.

    • Stamp Act Congress

      October 7th, 1765 - October 25th, 1765

      Representatives from nine of the thirteen colonies declare the Stamp Act unconstitutional as it was a tax levied without their consent.

    • Declaratory Act

      March 18th, 1766

      Parliament finalises the repeal of the Stamp Act, but declares that it has the right to tax colonies.

    • Townshend Revenue Act (Townshend Duties)

      June 29th, 1767

      Duties on tea, glass, lead, paper and paint to help pay for the administration of the colonies, named after Charles Townshend, the Chancellor of the Exchequer. John Dickinson publishes Letter from a Philadelphian Farmer in protest. Colonial assemblies condemn taxation without representation.

    • Townshend Revenue Act (Townshend Duties)

      June 29th, 1767

      Duties on tea, glass, lead, paper and paint to help pay for the administration of the colonies, named after Charles Townshend, the Chancellor of the Exchequer. John Dickinson publishes Letter from a Philadelphian Farmer in protest. Colonial assemblies condemn taxation without representation.

    • British troops arrive in Boston

      October 1st, 1768

      in response to political unrest.

    • Boston Massacre

      March 5th, 1770

      Angered by the presence of troops and Britain's colonial policy, a crowd began harassing a group of soldiers guarding the customs house; a soldier was knocked down by a snowball and discharged his musket, sparking a volley into the crowd which kills five civilians.

    • Repeal of the Townshend Revenue Act

      April 12th, 1770
    • Burning of the Gaspee

      June 10th, 1772

      The revenue schooner Gaspee ran aground near Providence, Rhode Island and was burnt by locals angered by the enforcement of trade legislation.

    • Publication of Thomas Hutchinson letters

      July 1773

      In these letters, Hutchinson, the Massachusetts governor, advocated a 'great restraint of natural liberty', convincing many colonists of a planned British clamp-down on their freedoms.

    • Tea Act

      May 10th, 1773

      In an effort to support the ailing East India Company, Parliament exempted its tea from import duties and allowed the Company to sell its tea directly to the colonies. Americans resented what they saw as an indirect tax subsidising a British company.

    • The Boston Tea Party

      December 16th, 1773

      The Tea Party was the culmination of a resistance movement throughout British America against the Tea Act, which had been passed by the British Parliament in 1773. Colonists objected to the Tea Act because they believed that it violated their rights as Englishmen to "No taxation without representation," that is, be taxed only by their own elected representatives and not by a British parliament in which they were not represented. Protesters had successfully prevented the unloading of taxed tea in three other colonies, but in Boston, embattled Royal Governor Thomas Hutchinson refused to allow the tea to be returned to Britain.

    • Intolerable Acts

      May - June 1774

      Four measures which stripped Massachusetts of self-government and judicial independence following the Boston Tea Party. The colonies responded with a general boycott of British goods.

    • Continental Congress

      September 1774

      Colonial delegates meet to organise opposition to the Intolerable Acts.

    • Battles of Lexington and Concord

      April 19th, 1775

      First engagements of the Revolutionary War between British troops and the Minutemen, who had been warned of the attack by Paul Revere.

    • Washington: Commander & Chief

      1775

      After the Battles of Lexington and Concord near Boston in April 1775, the colonies went to war. Washington appeared at the Second Continental Congress in a military uniform, signaling that he was prepared for war. Washington had the prestige, military experience, charisma and military bearing of a military leader and was known as a strong patriot. Virginia, the largest colony, deserved recognition, and New England—where the fighting began—realized it needed Southern support. Washington did not explicitly seek the office of commander and said that he was not equal to it, but there was no serious competition. Congress created the Continental Army on June 14, 1775. Nominated by John Adams of Massachusetts, Washington was then appointed as a full General and Commander-in-chief

    • Battle of Bunker Hill

      June 17th, 1775

      The first major battle of the War of Independence. Sir William Howe dislodged William Prescott's forces overlooking Boston at a cost of 1054 British casualties to the Americans' 367.

    • Olive-Brach Petition

      July 5th, 1775

      The first major battle of the War of Independence. Sir William Howe dislodged William Prescott's forces overlooking Boston at a cost of 1054 British casualties to the Americans' 367.

    • Thomas Paine's Common Sense published anonymously in Philadelphia

      January 9th, 1776
    • France provides covert aid to the Americans

      May 2nd, 1776
    • Congress Adopts the Declaration of Independance

      1776

      The Declaration of Independence is the statement adopted by the Continental Congress meeting at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 4, 1776, which announced that the thirteen American colonies, then at war with Great Britain, regarded themselves as thirteen newly independent sovereign states, and no longer a part of the British Empire. Instead they formed a new nation—the United States of America. John Adams was a leader in pushing for independence, which was unanimously approved on July 2.

    • Invasion of Canada by Benedict Arnold

      Winter 1775 - 1776
    • Battle of Long Island

      Campaign of
      1776–1777

      Having withdrawn his army from Boston, General Howe now focused on capturing New York City, which then was limited to the southern tip of Manhattan Island. Howe's force arrived off of Staten Island across the harbor from Manhattan on June 30, 1776, and his army captured it without resistance. To defend the city, General Washington spread his forces along the shores of New York's harbor, concentrated on Long Island and Manhattan. While British and recently hired Hessian troops were assembling, Washington had the newly issued Declaration of American Independence read to his men and the citizens of the city.

    • Battle of Princeton, New Jersey

      January 2-3, 1777

      General Washington broke camp at Trenton to avoid a British advance, attacking the British rearguard and train near Princeton and then withdrawing to Morristown.

    • British surrender of 5,700 troops at Saratoga.

      October 13th, 1777

      General Washington broke camp at Trenton to avoid a British advance, attacking the British rearguard and train near Princeton and then withdrawing to Morristown.

    • British surrender of 5,700 troops at Saratoga.

      October 13th, 1777

      Lacking supplies, 5,700 British, German and loyalist forces under Major General John Burgoyne surrender to Major General Horatio Gates in a turning point in the Revolutionary War.

    • France recognises US Independence.

      February 6th, 1778

      Lacking supplies, 5,700 British, German and loyalist forces under Major General John Burgoyne surrender to Major General Horatio Gates in a turning point in the Revolutionary War.

    • Second Phase

      1778-1781

      Following news of the surrender at Saratoga and concern over French intervention, the British decided to completely accept the original demands made by the American Patriots. Parliament repealed the remaining tax on tea and declared that no taxes would ever be imposed on colonies without their consent (except for custom duties, the revenues of which would be returned to the colonies). A Commission was formed to negotiate directly with the Continental Congress for the first time. The Commission was empowered to suspend all the other objectionable acts by Parliament passed since 1763, issue general pardons, and declare a cessation of hostilities.

    • US Defeat at battle of Camden

      August 16th, 1780
    • Ratification of the Articles of Confederation

      March 1st, 1781
    • Battle of the Capes, denying British reinforcements or evacuation.

      September 5th, 1781
    • Surrender of British forces under Cornwallis at Yorktown.

      October 18th, 1781
    • British Government authorises peace negotiations.

      March 5th, 1782
    • Treaty of Paris, formally ending the Revolutionary War

      September 3rd, 1783

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    Join thousands of members and participate in celebrating our patriotic heritage through reenactments events all across the country. Stay in touch with fellow reenactment enthusiasts, and honor your ancestors together.

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    Join SAR for our annual Naturalization Ceremony and help welcome those individuals who are honored to become American citizens. The annual event highlights the efforts of SAR to promote our patriot heritage, honor our ancestors and provides the opportunity to inspire the community and our newest citizens.

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    News

    12
    Apr

    New Portrait Timeline of SAR Presidents General

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    Author: Rae Ann Sauer

    A new addition to the 2nd floor greets visitors to the SAR National Headquarters.  The Presidents General Wall is now proudly displayed along the wall outside the Board Room.  The President General is the chief executive officer of the SAR. He guides the policies, oversees SAR Headquarters’ operations, and appoints the members of all the committees. He presides over meetings of the Executive Committee, the trustees, and the annual Congress. He (or his designated representative) represents the SAR at the meetings of or in negotiations with other organizations.

    The wall provides a rich visual history of the 128 years of the Sons of the American Revolution.  The wall was generously funded by the George Washington Endowment Fund. It took several months to complete its construction, as the staff worked with a Willis Woodworking and Franklin Custom Framing to coordinate the many display elements. It features four cherry-stained wooden rails upon which the photos sit, allowing for ease in arranging the portraits.  The photos are all black and white, sized 5 x 7 with light gray matting and black wooden 8 x 10 frames.  Brass name plates are affixed to the matting with the dates of their presidency engraved in black.  Black wooden letters across the top of the wall say “Presidents General,” completing the display.

    At the moment, 113 portraits adorn the wall, dating from the first President General, Lucius Deming, to the current President General, J. Michael Tomme, Sr. In the early years of the society, there were several Presidents General who served a more than one year term, which is why there only 113 rather than 128 portraits on the wall. Ample space is left for the addition of the Presidents General in future years.

     A couple of notable Presidents General includes Gen. Horace Porter and Gov. Franklin Murphy. Gen. Horace Porter served with the Union in the Civil War and later became President Ulysses S. Grant’s secretary. He was also vice president of the Pullman Palace Car Company. He was the President General of the SAR from 1892-96. He is probably most famous for paying to bring back the body of John Paul Jones from France to be reinterred in the United States when he was the U.S. Ambassador to France in 1904.

    Gov. Franklin Murphy was born in Jersey City, NJ on January 3, 1846.   At sixteen, during the Civil War, he enlisted in the 13###sup Regiment of the New Jersey Volunteers and participated in the battles of Antietam, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg.   After leaving military service, he founded the Murphy Varnish Company in Newark in 1865.  He served as President General from 1899-1900. Murphy became involved in politics, serving in the Newark Common Council and the New Jersey state legislature. He was Governor of New Jersey from 1902-1905 and was a candidate for Vice President of the United States in 1908.

    The Presidents General Wall was originally placed on the lower level of the former National Headquarters on Fourth Street by Former President General Arthur King in 1981. All of the photos on display at Fourth Street were originals dating as far back as 1889.  Since the move to Main Street, the photographs have been stored in the archives. High resolution scans of the photographs were taken in order to preserve the originals, some of which were the only copy, and these copies are now on display.  It is amazing that all of the originals still exist, given that they have survived moves from Washington, D.C., to Louisville, Fourth Street to Main Street, natural disasters, and exposure to light. The display will now educate members and the public about the SAR’s rich history. We invite all members to take a moment to enjoy the new display and the next time they visit the National Headquarters. 

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    10
    Feb

    2017 Americanism Contest Score Sheet is now available

    Date & Time


    Author: Oliver Miles III

    The National SAR Americanism Committee is pleased to announce that the 2017 Americanism Contest Score Sheet is now available for downloading and usage on the Americanism Committee webpage and the SAR Forms and Manuals webpage. Please note that the 2017 form has the following date and tip stamp (not a link) at the bottom of the Cover Sheet: Last Revised: 03072017at 1000 HRS MCA v5. This is the most current version of the 2017 form.

    The Committee recommends that all chapters and state societies begin recording their activities as soon as possible and to continuously update their data entry throughout the year. This will make the record keeping much easier and less time consuming after December 31, 2017, when you will be completing the entry for submission.

    The 2017 form has a number of enhancements over prior forms. Primarily, drop down menus have been added to most areas where there is a simple selection between two choices for data entry. This is most often seen in the Color Guard sections where a choice must be made between “uniform” or “clothing.” The other major enhancement is that a number of tabs have had the data entry areas consolidated to simplify data entry.

    The National Americanism Committee would like to express its appreciation to Mark Anthony, Steve Baldwin, John Bredenforerder, Jim Engler, John Franklin, Gary Green, Les Magee, Lou Raborg, and especially Doug Collins for their efforts in reviewing and updating the score sheet.

    Ron Barker

    Chairman, Americanism Committee

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    31
    Jan

    SAR Library Program: Federal Census Records

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    Author: Rae Ann Sauer

    Please join us at the SAR Genealogical Research Library for an upcoming program!

     
    Federal Census Records: What They Can Tell Us About Our Nation and Our Ancestors, with Joe Hardesty of the Louisville Free Public Library

    Saturday, February 18, 2017

    10:00am-11:30am

    Cost: $5, Free to SAR/DAR/FOL members

    For questions or additional information, please contact Rae Ann Sauer at rsauer@sar.org or 502-588-6130

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    Events

    29
    Apr

    Maryland Society - 2017 Annual Meeting

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    MARYLAND SOCIETY - 2017 ANNUAL MEETING

    SATURDAY, APRIL 29TH. - START TIME 8:30 A.M.

    ANNAPOLIS WATERFRONT HOTEL, ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND

    CONTACT 1ST VICE PRESIDENT DONALD DEERING FOR DETAILS AT
    dadeering1776@comcast.net

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    29
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    James Monroe's 259th Birthday

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    Each year, the James Monroe Chapter of the Virginia SAR and the James Monroe Memorial Foundation celebrate the birth of President James Monroe at his birthplace, located in Westmoreland County, Virginia. A reconstruction of the Monroe homestead is underway at the site.  This year, Virginia SAR President Mike Elston has designated the event as a presidential initiative and challenged every chapter in Virginia to send a representative to the event. The celebration begins at 10:00 a.m. with speeches and wreath layings by patriotic lineage societies, local leaders and other organizations. A luncheon follows nearby.


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    Ohio Society - 2017 Annual Spring Meeting

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    Ohio Society

    128th Annual Spring Meeting

    Friday, 5 May thru Sunday, 7 May, 2017

    The Ohio Society invites you to join us in celebrating our 128th Annual Meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio at the Crowne Plaza Hotel near the intersection of Interstate 71 and Pfeiffer Road.

    Complete details are available at:
    https://cincinnatisar.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/annual-meeting-flyer.pdf

    Please plan to join us for this once a year event.

    For additional information please contact us directly...

    President, Donald C. McGraw Jr. - donald.c.mcgraw@gmail.com

    Secretary, Turner Lee Wilkerson III - leewilkerson@cinci.rr.com

    Treasurer, L. Stephan Hinson - stevhin@earthlink.net

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