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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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...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

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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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15
Jul

Pesticides and Poison Ivy By Dr. Addington

Date & Time


Author: Mick Pitzer

Our diet should have fresh vegetables and fruits. There are probably traces on pesticides remaining on the produce, even on organic produce. You can not always be sure how organic are the items.

Washing the vegetables and fruits in water will help remove the pesticides. You may also need to scrub with a cloth. Peeling the vegetables and fruits will remove almost all the traces. This includes peeling the outer layers of lettuce, cabbage and onions.

The irritant in poison ivy is an oil. If you have tried to remove oil or grease from your hands, you know it is difficult. The same applies to poison ivy oil. Within 1 0r 2 hours, use soap on the contact areas and a cloth to scrub the areas. Not just once, but several times.  

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02
Jul

Independence Day Message 2019

Date & Time


Author: Michael Scroggins

Message from the President General
Independence Day
Warren Alter, President General 2018-2019

Compatriots and Friends of the Sons of the American Revolution,

This Thursday, July 4, 2019 will be the 243rd Celebration of America’s Birthday.  Those familiar with the Declaration of Independence, and our American history recognize the significance of what Independence Day means to this country.  Some may think it is time for hot dogs and fireworks.  Others, a day off from work.  But it means so much more.  Our forefathers declared their independence from the greatest military country in the world. This was a new beginning for our country and eventually changed the destiny of the world.  This independence did not come easily, and many thought there was no way the Patriots would succeed.  It took many years to prove we were independent and win our freedom from England, but we did.

Many of our Chapters and States will be participating in 4th of July Celebrations.  Some with just SAR, others with DAR and C.A.R., and others with local and state entities.  Some will have a few dozen people, others in our nation’s largest cities and venues will have thousands.  For some it will just be a quiet evening in the backyard with family. For others, like the American Village in Montevallo, AL it will be their annual largest event of the year with thousands coming to their 180-acre facilities.  

Others, like many of our active duty military will do so in foreign lands away from their families and homes.  Remember they are serving to keep our country free.  Remember their sacrifices and help the families who are home celebrate this Independence day.

For Public Service workers it is often one of their busiest days, keeping crowds under control, unthinking adults and innocent bystanders safe from gunshots fired in the air.  Please remember, what goes up, must come down.  Each year innocent people are injured or killed by unthinking or careless people. Or even with our own color guard and their muskets; there may be no musket balls in those muskets, but there is black powder and safety must be our priority.  We don’t want any injuries at any of our events.  Fire Department personnel responding to fires and damage caused by improper fireworks.  Paramedics and other medical personnel treating those injured from auto accidents, firework mishaps, and unruly crowds associated with Independence Day celebrations and travel.  Often, Public Service Workers don’t look on this day as a celebration, but an event to get through safely.  Let’s make not make it harder on those military and public service workers who strive to keep us safe.  Take time to say thank you to our military and public safety employees.  They all need and appreciate our support.

Whatever manner you choose to celebrate Independence Day, don’t ever forget it means many things to many people and please let us make it enjoyable for everyone.  Take the time, this day and every day to remind the public and young people what this day is and why we celebrate it. Remind them that living in the United States we shouldn’t take for granted the freedoms that we enjoy, for many around the world have never even been exposed to freedom.  Make part of your celebration a history lesson.  

Finally, I would like to share Concurrent Resolution Number 25, agreed to by House and Senate June 26, 1963 that I will have the honor to be reading at a 4th of July Event in Cerritos, CA this year.  Perhaps others can incorporate it into their events and celebrations.


Concurrent Resolution Number 25
United States Senate and The House of Representatives

“Whereas the tolling of the Liberty Bell at Independence Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at 2 o'clock in the afternoon of the 4th day of July, 1776, proclaimed the signing of the Declaration of Independence; and

Whereas the adoption of this historic document marked the birth of our country as a free and independent nation; and

Whereas it is fitting that the anniversary of this great event should be appropriately observed in each year at the same moment throughout the United States;

Now, therefore, be it Resolved, that the Congress hereby (1) declares that the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence should be observed each year by the ringing of bells throughout the United States at the hour of 2 o'clock, eastern daylight time, in the afternoon of the 4th day of July, or at such other time on that day as may be determined by local authority, and (2) call upon civic and other community leaders to take appropriate steps to encourage public participation in such observance.”  
Adopted 26 June 1963


I wish you, our families and friends a joyous Independence Day this July 4.  Be safe and remember what we are celebrating thanks to our Patriots.

Warren M. Alter  
President General 2018-2019

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24
Jun

​2019 ANNUAL RECONCILIATION TEMPLATE AVAILABLE

Date & Time


Author: Michael Scroggins

ANNUAL RECONCILIATION TEMPLATE AVAILABLE

The “Annual Reconciliation Template” for Calendar Year 2019 is available on SAR.org under “Forms and Manuals.”  The template is for use with this year's Annual Report by State Societies.  That Report is due to the National Society by January 31, 2020.  The template may be subject to further modification if any changes approved at the California National Congress impact it.  

C. Bruce Pickette, Registrar General

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EVENTS

26
Jul

Fort Laurens Commemoration

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2019

Siege of Fort Laurens Commemoration

Bolivar, Ohio

26 & 27 July 2019

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  •  Friday 26 July

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  • Firehouse Grille & Pub Zoar

5 PM - 6 PM - Social Hour

6 PM - 7 PM - Buffet Dinner - Must RSVP Dinner

Roast Beef Au Jus or Marinated Chicken Breast
Mashed Potatoes & Gravy / Green Beans
Salad & Dinner Roll
Coffee, Tea, Soft Drinks
Sheet Cake
$22.50 Per Person

7 PM - 8:30 PM - Executive Committee Meeting

7 PM - 8:30 - OHSSAR Ladies Auxiliary Meeting


  • Saturday - 27 July

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  • Lockport Brewery

  • 8 AM - 10 AM - Board of Management Meeting

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  • Fort Laurens Historic Site

  • 10:45 AM - 11 AM - Color Guard Muster

  • 11:15 AM - 12: 15 PM - Memorial Ceremony


  • Lockport Brewery

  • 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM - Buffet Lunch  - Must RSVP Lunch

  • Pulled Pork Sandwich / Chicken Sandwich
    Baked Beans / Mixed Green Salad
    Water, Coffee, Unsweet Ice Tea
    Sheet Cake
    Beer, Wine (Cash)
    $16.00 Per Person
  • 1:45 PM - 2:45 - Award Presentations/Meeting

Wrap - Up & Dismiss


While tickets to this event are not required... we recommend that you register with the Ohio Society to facilitate lodging if desired and to RSVP meals!

Contact:

Ohio Society Secretary, 

Scott Davis 

snddavis@msn.com

for information and registration forms

Please disregard the registration page associated with this event!

Should your SAR / DAR / CAR Chapter, State Society or other patriotic organization desire to place a wreath at the Memorial during the service then please contact:

Ohio Society VP

Turner Lee Wilkerson III

leewilkerson503@gmail.com

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02
Aug

Pennsylvania SAR Board of Management Meeting

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The Pennsylvania Society SAR
Board of Management Meeting

August 2-3, 2019

Holiday Inn Bensalem
3327 Street Road, Bensalem PA 19020
Phone: (215)-639-9100

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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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