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Library Director Statement

February 8, 2018

SAR Welcomes New Library Director!

January 4, 2018

The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Joe Hardesty as the new SAR Genealogical Research Library Director!

Hardesty was born and raised in Louisville, KY and earned a Masters degree in Education from Western Kentucky University in 1986 and a Masters degree in Library Science from the University of Kentucky in 2003. He holds a Library Certificate with the Commonwealth of Kentucky and a Certificate in Genealogical Librarianship from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies.

Hardesty is an avid genealogist who began researching his family history in 1985, resulting in the discovery of a direct ancestor who served in the Maryland State Militia during the War for Independence.

He comes to the SAR after twenty-two years of experience as the Kentucky History and Genealogy Librarian with the Louisville Free Public Library – growing, preserving and promoting the use of the largest genealogy collection housed in a Kentucky public library.  He has taught genealogy seminars on a variety of topics to members of local and state genealogical societies and conferences as well as designed, planned and hosted in August 2017 the first ever Kentucky History and Genealogy Conference – an event that will be repeated year after year in public libraries throughout Kentucky.

Hardesty is very excited to be joining the SAR staff, saying “I enthusiastically embrace the challenge to make the SAR Library (one of the finest research collections of genealogical and American Colonial history in the United States), into THE repository of first choice for researchers everywhere.” He welcomes your comments and questions and can be reached at jhardesty@sar.org.

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