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​Sons of the American Revolution

The National Society Sons of the American Revolution (NSSAR) is the premier male lineage society with sixteen U.S. Presidents and twenty seven Medal of Honor recipient Compatriots on our member rolls. With more than 208,000 members admitted since being founded on April 30, 1889, the NSSAR members are intensely devoted to serving the communities they hail from across all fifty states and in five countries abroad.

Our organization's members participate in untold hours of service work, educational outreach initiatives and efforts to promote American patriotism. Our Headquarters is situated in the historical museum district in Louisville Kentucky and our library houses unique collections which grow daily. We invite you to explore activities we are involved with locally, nationally and globally, there is much to learn about the Sons of the American Revolution.


Genealogical Research Library

The SAR Genealogical Research Library collection contains over 55,000 holdings including family histories; local, county, and state records and multiple online genealogical databases. The Library is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9:30AM until 4:30PM. Additionally, we are open 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 2002 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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The SAR, the largest male lineage organization in the U.S., consists of 50 societies with more than 550 local chapters, several international societies and over 36,000 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.

2018 HOLIday closures

​​Please note that SAR Headquarters will also be closed:

Thursday, November 22, 2018 and Friday, November 23, 2018 in observance of Thanksgiving.
Monday, December 24, 2018 and Tuesday, December 25, 2018 in observance of Christmas.​
Monday, December 31, 2018 and Tuesday, January 1, 2019 in observance of the New Year.

News

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.

  • British troops arrive in Boston

    OCTOBER 1ST, 1768

    in response to political unrest.

  • Repeal of the Townshend Revenue Act

    APRIL 12TH, 1770

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The Boston Tea Party

    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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Invasion of Canada by Benedict Arnold

    WINTER 1775 - 1776

  • Thomas Paine's Common Sense published anonymously in Philadelphia

    JANUARY 9TH, 1776

  • France provides covert aid to the Americans

    MAY 2ND, 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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NEWS

12
Dec

Member Information Verification for the Directory

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Author: Mick Pitzer

Many of you have received an email and/or postcard in the mail over the past several days requesting confirmation of the accuracy of your membership data. This is a legitimate request for information. We are in the process of collecting information for a new, comprehensive Membership Directory. Many of you may remember a directory being published several years ago by Harris Direct. The directory is now published through Publishing Concepts, Inc. (PCI) a Dallas TX based company, who purchased Harris Direct.

The basic details of the project:

1. PCI will contact members to verify information and they can list up to 20 of your ancestors.

2. PCI will also ask you to purchase a copy.

3. The SAR receives a royalty on sales.

The contact number for PCI is 800-213-1020. Please note that the “Your Personal ID#” listed on your postcard will NOT be the same as your National Number. Rather, this is a number PCI is using to quickly find your records in their systems.

If you have any additional questions regarding the collecting/confirming of information, please call the toll-free number listed above.

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03
Dec

Wreaths Across America - December 15, 2018

Date & Time


Author: Michael Scroggins

Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, the mission to Remember, Honor and Teach is carried out by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as over 1,100 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea, and abroad.

President General Warren M. Alter has issued the following proclamation for the occasion:

2018 Wreaths Across America Proclamation

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26
Nov

SAR Trip to Scotland

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Author: Michael Scroggins

SAR Trip to Scotland

Set for May 2019

President General Warren M. Alter and First Lady Nancy Alter are leading a delegation of SAR and friends to Scotland in May 2019 to honor the service of Scottish patriots of the American Revolution, specifically Founding Fathers James Wilson, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution; and Rev. John Witherspoon, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and the Article of Confederation and Perpetual Union.

The planned itinerary for this exciting trip is as follows: participants will arrive at the Edinburgh Airport on Tuesday, May 14, where they will be met by the MAGIC travel staff holding SAR welcome signs.  If participants are planning to arrive in Europe prior to the start of the SAR Trip, they may make arrangements to meet the group at the Edinburgh Airport or Hotel.  Once everyone has arrived, the bus will depart the airport and take us to the Radisson Blu Edinburgh, located in the heart of the historic Royal Mile in Edinburgh.  In the afternoon, there will be a choice of visiting the Scottish Genealogy Society for personal research, or a guided walking tour of Edinburgh’s Old Town to familiarize participants with the many key attractions near the hotel.  In the evening, there will be an SAR Welcome Reception at the hotel to kick off the adventure in Scotland’s magnificent capital city, and possibly meet local officials.  

On Wednesday, May 15, we will explore Edinburgh at the time of the American Revolution.  We will visit Edinburgh Castle, the Medical Museum (honoring Benjamin Rush, who studied medicine in Edinburgh), the National Museum, and we will have guides at the National Library of Scotland tie in the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745 and Scottish Enlightenment with our Founding Fathers of Scottish origin.  We will visit the John Knox House, St. Giles Cathedral, and the Thistle Chapel.  After a bistro lunch, we will have time in the afternoon and evening to explore historic Edinburgh.

On Thursday, May 16, we will set out for Fife, and visit the Ceres Parish Church – the closest location to the birthplace of Founding Father James Wilson – where we will lay an SAR wreath to commemorate the birth of James Wilson in 1742.  We will journey through Cupar, where James Wilson had an apprenticeship, en route to Charlton House, built in 1759, and the residence of St. Clair Knut Harald Jöns Bonde, Baron of Charlton.  Because his ancestor was attainted in 1715 during the Jacobite Rebellion, he was deprived of being the 21 Lord St. Clair.  His ancestor, William St. Clair, built Rosslyn Chapel in 1446, which was popularized by Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code.  After a three-course lunch with Baron Bonde, we will continue to historic St. Andrews.  We will visit the ruins of St. Andrews Cathedral and St. Andrews Castle, and the University of Edinburgh, which James Wilson attended.  After returning to Edinburgh, there will be time for shopping, dining, and further genealogical discoveries.

On Friday, May 17, we will set out for East Lothian, and visit the town of Gifford, the birthplace of Presbyterian Minister John Witherspoon in 1722.  In addition to signing the Declaration and the Articles of Confederation, Rev. Witherspoon was president of the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University), and the convening moderator of the First General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States.  After returning to Edinburgh, we will have time for lunch, shopping, sightseeing, and genealogical research.  In the evening, we will have our Farewell to Edinburgh Reception and Dinner at Gosford House, ancestral home of James Charteris, the 13th Earl of Wemyss, which was built around 1790.  Gosford House has an incredible private art colletion, including a marble eagle bust, thought to have been the inspiration for the US Seal.  We will have a guided tour of the house, followed by cocktails and dinner.

On Saturday, May 18, we will have our final breakfast at the Radisson Blu before leaving Edinburgh.  We will drive to Glasgow, the historic hub of tran-Atlantic trade and immigration.  We will have lunch in a fabulous bistro before checking in to the Grand Central Hotel, located in the Glasgow city center, which was originally built in the late 19th century as a British railway hotel.  There will be time in the afternoon to have lunch in the trendy restaurants, and explore the fashionable city.  In the evening, there will be an SAR Welcome Reception at the hotel, and we will invite local officials to greet the SAR participants.  

On Sunday, May 19, we will have a full Scottish breakfast at the Grand Central Restaurant.  We will then set out for Ayrshire, visiting Culzean Castle, the 18th century former ancestral home of Clan Kennedy, which is now owned by the National Trust for Scotland. The upper apartment is named after four-time visitor, Dwight David Eisenhower.  We will travel to Kilwinning to see the ancient Mother Lodge of Scotland, and the ruins of Kilwinning Abbey.  After lunch, we will visit the ruins of Kerelaw Castle, once owned by the grandfather of Alexander Hamilton.  After returning to Glasgow, we will have time to explore the city and find a wonderful restaurant for dinner.

On Monday, May 20, we will have breakfast at the Grand Central Restaurant, and will set out for our Scottish Patriot Day.  We will have an SAR ceremony at the Stow Brae Kirk, and then have an SAR wreath laying ceremony at the statue of Rev. John Witherspoon on the grounds of Paisley University.  We will visit the university’s art center, which was formerly a church in which Rev. Witherspoon preached.  After returning to Glasgow, we will have the afternoon free to visit St. Mungo’s Cathedral and the Glasgow Necropolis, go shopping, or visit the Mitchell Library to work on personal genealogy.  In the evening, we will have the Farewell to Glasgow Dinner at the House For An Art Lover, designed by Glaswegian Charles Rennie Mackintosh.  We will have cocktails, and a fabulous dinner to round off our Scottish Patriots Adventure.

On Tuesday, May 21, we will have our final breakfast at the Grand Central Restaurant.  Participants will then be taken to the airport for their flights home, or they may choose to continue on with the optional Post-Trip to London, England.

The SAR Trip to Scotland is priced at $2,998.00 per person (with two people sharing double accomodations), with a $685.00 single supplement (for people traveling solo).  Airfare is extra, and varies by departure city.  If you are interested in attending the SAR Trip to Scotland in May 2019, please contact MAGIC Meetings & Global Incentives at (703) 379-8071 or SAR@magicglobal.com.  The online registration can be found at:

President General Warren Alter and First Lady Nancy hope to see you in Scotland in 2019!

Dear SAR Compatriots,

You are invited to spend this upcoming spring in the beauty of the Scottish Highlands.

Many of you have already registered – THANK YOU – please review the post program to London, if you have not already registered for it.  For those who have not yet joined the cause for 2019, please read and on and review the materials.  We are delighted to welcome you!

As referenced in the initial invitation in the Summer issue of the SAR Magazine, President General Warren M. Alter and First Lady Nancy Alter are leading a delegation of SAR compatriots and friends to Scotland in May 2019 to honor the service of Scottish patriots of the American Revolution, specifically Founding Fathers James Wilson, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution; and Rev. John Witherspoon, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and the Article of Confederation and Perpetual Union.  Also attached, please find the optional NSSAR Post-SAR Program Visiting London.

This trip will feature several very special, private SAR events and commemorations.  We will meet local, regional, and other US and Scottish government officials.  Of course, in addition to private events and ceremonies there is also time allotted for participants to enjoy the stunning beauty of Edinburgh and Glasgow, Scotland.  

This trip is open to all SAR members and their families and by private invitation of President General Alter.   

Please review the brochures (attached) and consider joining the adventure!  In the brochure you will find registration instructions.  Feel free to share this with other SAR members in your local area who you think may be interested in joining us: the more, the merrier.

Your National Sons of the American Revolution registration site is open for immediate registration at   REGISTER FOR NSSAR HONORING SCOTLAND.

Simply log in with your last name and the password: “Scotland19SAR” (omitting quotation marks and observing case).  

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us as we are here to help.

Respectfully,
SAR-MAGIC Team Scotland
T:  888.279.1343
E: SAR@MAGICglobal.com

2019 Program Honoring Scotland 

2019 Post Scotland Visiting London

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EVENTS

23
Mar

New England District Spring Meeting

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New England District Spring Meeting

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Starts:  10:00 am

Followed by lunch and a speaker

For additional information contact:

David Schrader
Vice President General for the New England District SAR
21 Liberty Street
Sandwich, MA 02563
774-338-5271
dschrade@udel.edu

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30
Mar

242nd Anniversary of the Battle of Thomas Creek

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The Florida Society SAR commemorates the 242nd anniversary for the Battle of Thomas Creek (the Southernmost Battle of the American Revolutionary War).

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09
Aug

2019 Atlantic Middle States Association Conference

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The Delaware Society SAR

cordially invites you to attend the

Atlantic Middle States Association Conference

at the Hilton Christiana in Newark, Delaware

August 9-11, 2019

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