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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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    Reenactments

    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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    Naturalization Ceremonies

    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

    27
    Dec

    Chartering Freedom Exhibit Opening at the SAR

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    Author: Oliver Miles III

    For Immediate Release: 27 December 2016

    Chartering Freedom Exhibit Opening at the SAR

    Louisville, Kentucky: On Tuesday, 24 January 2017, the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) will open a new exhibition, Chartering Freedom. The documents reproduced in this exhibition chronicle the creation of the Charters of Freedom: the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, and their impact on events in this country and around the world. They reveal the story of earlier generations of Americans who had both the vision to see a better world and the audacity to build it. The exhibit runs through Friday, 17 March 2017.

    The simple truth at the heart of the American Revolution is that people are born with certain natural rights, including "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." These and other rights of the American people are secured by this nation's founding documents, known collectively as the Charters of Freedom. The exhibition features reproductions of the Charters of Freedom and other milestone documents that chronicle the conception, creation, and implementation of the Founding Fathers' vision. An early original copy of the Articles of Association of the Continental Congress signed on October 20, 1774, will be featured alongside the Chartering Freedom exhibit. This concluding page of this founding document bears the signature of Washington and many other notable historical American figures and will be uniquely displayed by the SAR for a limited time. The SAR will also publicly exhibit a selection of its own Revolutionary War era artifacts and Washingtonian relics.

    The SAR is delighted to announce that it will be collaborating with its fellow Museum Row neighbors during this Chartering Freedom exhibit period in downtown Louisville. The Frazier History Museum's Declaring Your Independence program will help students and museumgoers make their own connections and conclusions about this tumultuous time in American history. Students will act out the historical situations re-imagined as modern-day scenarios and view colonial-themed live performances. The Kentucky Science Center will feature the documentary We the People on the Center's giant screen, telling the story of America's founding documents and the people who wrote, shaped, and tested them. The places, figures, and tenets of the Revolutionary War era will come to life through powerful, scholarly, and inspirational storytelling.

    Chartering Freedom was created by the National Archives Traveling Exhibits Service (NATES). NATES offers affordable traveling exhibits for museums, libraries, historic sites, and cultural centers that engage and inspire diverse audiences. These exhibits draw from the holdings of the National Archives - a national network of Federal archives, Presidential libraries, and records centers. The exhibition is presented in part by AT&T, HISTORY®, Seedlings Foundation, and the National Archives Foundation.

    The SAR Headquarters and the Genealogical Research Library are open Monday through Friday from 9:30AM until 4:30PM, and every third Saturday of each month from 9:00AM until 4:00PM. Educators and individuals interested in learning more about tour scheduling, group pricing, and more should contact Ms. Colleen Wilson, the SAR Center Director, by telephone at (502) 588-6129 or by email at cwilson@sar.org. The SAR is proud to be a part of such a worthwhile and valuable Louisville community partnership and to have the opportunity to showcase our nation's founding documents through the Chartering Freedoms traveling exhibit.

    About the SAR: Located along Main Street's Museum Row in downtown Louisville, Kentucky, the Sons of the American Revolution is the leading male lineage society that perpetuates the ideals of the war for independence. As a historical, educational, and patriotic, non-profit corporation, the SAR seeks to maintain and expand the meaning of patriotism, respect for our national symbols, and the value of American citizenship. The SAR has over 535 local chapters across the country and abroad. For more information, please continue to review the SAR website and reach out to your local SAR chapter.

    Contact:
    Ms. Colleen Wilson
    The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution
    809 West Main Street; Louisville, Kentucky 40202-2619
    (502) 588-6129
    cwilson@sar.org

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    15
    Dec

    Americanism Committee Awards Score Sheet is now available

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    Author: Michael Scroggins

    The National SAR Americanism Committee is pleased to announce that the 2016 Americanism Contest Score Sheet is available for downloading and usage.   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, 2016 when you will be completing the entry for submission.

    Please note that the 2016 form has the following at the bottom of the Cover Sheet:  Last Revised: 12 April 2016 – 920 hours MCA.  This is the most current version of the 2016 form.

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    15
    Dec

    Updated SAR Mentor Initiative Program and Membership Committee Details

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    Author: Michael Scroggins

    President General J. Michael Tomme's SAR mentor initiatives are a part of the Americanism Contest, effective January 1, 2017. Points are awarded for an active program, and for each documented mentor-mentee relationship. An outline of the program is posted on the SAR Membership Committee page and through ShareFile in the Members' section of the SAR website. More details will be updated early in 2017. Begin your chapter and state level Mentor Program now!

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    27
    Jan

    The Night Before Cowan's Ford Dinner on January 27 2017

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    Traditions begin with the first installment of an outstanding event. Traditions create new history and preserve memories of people and past events.

    The Mecklenburg chapter, Sons of the American Revolution, is starting a new tradition with the SAR national event, the annual Commemoration of the Battle of Cowan’s Ford.

    Our new tradition begins on Friday, January 27, 2017, beginning at 5:30pm with social mixing and a cash bar at the River Run Country Club, 19125 River Falls Drive, Davidson, NC. Dinner service begins at 6:30pm. Admission is $37 per ticket.


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    This event will be a celebration of a new relationship between Davidson College, the Town of Davidson and the Sons of the American Revolution. We are cementing the historical bond between Revolutionary War hero General William Lee Davidson, Davidson College and the Town of Davidson into a night of honor, celebration, socializing and remembrance.

    The invitees? You, your spouse, your friends, prospective new SAR members, DAR members, SR members, CAR members, local civic officials, Davidson College professors and officials, SAR officials and the general public.

    Pomp and circumstance, new traditions and the reading of historical events that occurred the Night Before the Battle of Cowan's Ford will be revealed. Purchase tickets online here.

    Dress is business casual or Revolutionary War attire. Admission is $37 per ticket. Plenty of free parking. For group information, please call Jay Joyce at 704-526-9548 or email jay@mecklenburgsar.org.

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    28
    Jan

    236th Anniversary of the Battle of Cowan's Ford

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    The Mecklenburg chapter and the North Carolina SAR invite you to attend the 236th Anniversary of the Battle of Cowan's Ford beginning at 10:00am inside Hopewell Presbyterian Church, 10500 Beatties Ford Rd., Huntersville, NC 28078

    Our traditional hot coffee and biscuit breakfast begins at 9:00am with socializing inside the main church. Following breakfast, everybody will file inside the church for the service to begin at 10:00am. 

    Our guest speaker is author, novelist and screenwriter Robert Inman. He is the author of eight stage plays.  His latest, Liberty Mountain, a story of the Revolutionary War battle of Kings Mountain, is performed every summer in Kings Mountain, NC. 

    We will be unveiling a large granite and bronze monument honoring those Patriots buried at Hopewell Presbyterian Church Cemetery. This will be the outdoor site where wreaths and honors will be presented.

    HOTEL! Our official Cowan’s Ford Hotel is the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Huntersville-Birkdale,

    16905 Caldwell Creek Dr., Huntersville, NC 28078

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    To reserve your room, please call 704-892-9847 and ask for the $89 Davidson College room rate

    . Hopewell Church is 7.7 miles from the hotel.


    This is the 2nd year that the Battle of Cowan's Ford has been celebrated as a SAR National Event. To participate, please contact Ken Luckey at ken@mecklenburgsar.org.

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