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SONS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION

The National Society Sons of the American Revolution (NSSAR) is a Congressionally chartered 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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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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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

28
May

Travel and Your Health by Dr. Darryl Addington, Surgeon General

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Author: Mick Pitzer

Congress is approaching and many of our compatriots and companions will be traveling long distances to reach California. Travel will be by car, plane or some by train. Here are several tips to decrease the chance of a medical issue.

Water flows downhill, sitting for extended periods may result in edema in the ankles and lower leg. This also may result in blood pooling in the lower legs. Deep vein thrombosis is a danger with possible pulmonary emboli. Standing after prolonged sitting may result in low blood pressure when first standing followed by fainting or a fall.

Flexing leg muscles and walking every one to two hours will help decrease the danger of thrombosis and low blood pressure. Hydration is also important, the fluid for hydration is water, not carbonated drinks and alcohol.

You will be in new areas and exposed to new viruses. The most common way a virus is contracted is from the hands to the face, especially the eyes. Wash your hands frequently and carry a disinfectant.

You may be changing time zones by as much as three hours. Plan on resting when you reach California and a good eight hours sleep that night.

If you plan on visiting the beach and/or exposure to the sun, bring your sun screen and use it.

Remember to pack all your medications and information how to contact your family physician in case of an emergency. Carry medications in original bottles with your name and your physicians name on the bottle. Bring more medications than you think you need. If your luggage will be checked, pack your medications and essential medical items in a carryon bag.

Many of us will over indulge in food and drink on trips, our trip will be more enjoyable if we can avoid this urge.

Members of the Medical Advisory Committee will be at the congress and can be contacted for advice. The welcome bag will have information about local hospitals, urgent care facilities, and pharmacies.

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17
May

Memorial Day 2019

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Author: Michael Scroggins

As we approach Memorial Day, President General Alter would like to share some thoughts...

President General Warren M. Alter

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14
May

SAR Presents Outstanding Early American History Award At National History Day

Date & Time


Author: Rae Ann Sauer

Each year the SAR presents an Outstanding Early American History Award to an exceptional project submitted at the National History Day (NHDKY) State Contest. The entry must be related to American Revolutionary War events or people, the U.S. Constitution and or the principles of the Founding Fathers during the period 1750-1800.  Chloe Paddack, an 11th grader from Grayson County High School in Leitchfield, Kentucky was this year’s recipient for her senior individual documentary  “ A Founder Divided: George Washington’s Changing View of Slavery.”


“When I started to research, I knew from the start that I wanted to create a project discussing the life of the General. After all, he had such an eventful life,” stated Chloe Paddock in her process paper. 


“While researching George Washington’s life, Mount Vernon had several new articles discussing the lives of those enslaved by Washington,” added Paddock. “After reading those, I noticed how intertwined the lives of these enslaved and the General really were…”

Under the guidance of her teacher Brent Weedman, a veteran NHD teacher, Chloe began to tie this year’s theme “Triumph and Tragedy” to Washington’s relationship to those enslaved under his control. The ten-minute documentary was presented during competition held at the University of Kentucky. It drew from resources such as Mount Vernon, “Founding Fathers and Slaveholders” by Stephen Ambrose and images created by Charles Willson Peale and Emanuel Luetze’s “Washington Crossing the Delaware” to select a few.

Throughout the documentary Paddock tells the audience the story of how Washington’s death proved to be a tragedy for the nation but a triumph for those 124 enslaved freed in his will.

Choosing whether to compete in the website, exhibit, performance or documentary category Paddock remarked, “Documentaries are a great way to tell a story and create the emotional reaction one wants the audience to perceive.”

With a $250 SAR check in hand, Chloe Paddock is headed to the University of Maryland June 9 - 13 where she will compete at the National Level in this year’s final round of National History Day. Keep your eyes on this talented film maker; she grabs your attention to her stories of our nation’s founding and the individuals that shaped history.

Photo Caption:
Outstanding Early American History Awarded presented at National History Day State Contest at the University of Kentucky. (L to R Zac Distel, SAR Program & Exhibit Coordinator, Award Winner Chloe Paddack from Grayson County High School, Colleen Wilson, SAR Center Director.

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EVENTS

05
Jul

129th Annual Congress - Costa Mesa, California

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Please go to the following site for more information:

https://www.sar.org/annual-sar-congress

Please ensure that you read the cancellation and reimbursement policy listed on the Congress Webpage.

If you have issues with registration please contact either Mike Scroggins (502) 588-6125, Debbie Smalley (502) 588-6123 or Paul Callanan (906) 273-2424 to see if we can assist you in the process.

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09
Aug

2019 Atlantic Middle States Association Conference

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August 9-11, 2019

Dear Compatriots and Guests:


On behalf of the Delaware Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, your hosts for the 2019 Atlantic Middle States Association Conference, I cordially welcome you to Delaware. We are delighted and honored to have the President General and most of the national officers with us. The Delaware Society hopes it has taken advantage of every opportunity to enable you to enjoy the conference and "The First State." While you are with us in Delaware, we invite you to take a moment to explore Delaware's rich history, pristine beaches, and of course our tax-free shopping.

As you will see from the agenda included in your registration package, the Delaware Society, in conjunction with Vice Presidents General Sutton and Goebel, has planned an exciting and informative program.

The Hilton Christiana/Wilmington is conveniently located to a number of other attractions in Delaware and southeastern Pennsylvania, including the Brandywine River Museum (Wyeth family and American artwork), Longwood Gardens (Pierre S. DuPont's home and gardens), The Hagley Museum (E.I. DuPont's gunpowder works), Nemours Mansion & Gardens (A.I. DuPont's home), Winterthur Museum, the Delaware Art Museum and Fort Delaware (a Civil War era fort constructed in the middle of the Delaware River).

In addition to the Brandywine Battlefield, for those interested, Elkton, Cooch's Bridge, Paoli, Philadelphia, Germantown, Valley Forge, and many other sites connected to the British Philadelphia Campaign of 1777-1778, are within easy reach. The colonial city of New Castle, first capital of Delaware and "The Williamsburg of the North" is only twenty minutes away. The nearby city of Wilmington - founded as a Swedish colony in 1638 - contains sites commemorating the first Swedish settlement (Fort Christina State Park on E. 7th Street, including a replica of the ship Kalmar Nyckel) and French assistance during the American Revolution (the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route and the Wilmington Opera House).

We truly hope that you enjoy your time in Delaware and experience everything this Small Wonder has to offer.

Patriotically,

Harry B. Roberts, III

Chairman, 2019 AMS Conference Committee

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21
Sep

Alexander Hamilton Chapter - WASSAR Monthly Meeting - September 2019

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We have a no-host breakfast at the meeting. Dress is informal.

Location:
Johnny's at Fife, 5211 20th St E, Fife, WA 98424
https://goo.gl/maps/2GNUSVKYu1R2

Guest Speaker: Sally Buckingham
Topic: The 56 Signers of the Declaration of Independence

For additional information contact:
Mike England
Secretary, Alexander Hamilton Chapter
secretary@ahsar.org

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