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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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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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NEWS

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Vaping by Dr. Darryl Addington, SAR Surgeon General

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Author: Mick Pitzer

There have now been over a 1000 cases of pulmonary illnesses linked to vaping with 12 deaths. The reason for the illnesses has not been determined.

Nicotine, flavoring, other chemicals are contained in vaping liquids. They may also contain THC, tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Vaping material purchased on the black market may contain chemicals which are very toxic and may cause severe illness or death.

The illness associated with vaping has symptoms of difficulty breathing, coughing, chest pain, diarrhea and vomiting.

A recent study by NIH in mice exposed to vaping shows changes to lung and bladder tissue that could lead to cancer. The link appears to be nicotine in the vaping material.

 Vaping is not safe for youth, young adults, and pregnant women. People who do not use tobacco should not begin vaping. Vaping may cause a problem with brain development in teens.

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Sep

Diabetes and B-12 by Dar. Darryl Addington, Surgeon General

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Author: Mick Pitzer

Diabetes adult onset or Type II affects about 10% of the population. This is about 10 million. Metformin is one of the medications most prescribed by physicians. Vitamin B-12 deficiency or low normal levels have been found in approximately 40% of people taking Metformin. Low B-12 can result in anemia, depression, dementia and peripheral neuropathy. Peripheral Neuropathy results in pain, numbness in hands or feet in about 77% of people with neuropathy. B-12 is found in meat and dairy products or can be taken as a supplement or injection. 

If you are taking Metformin, discuss the issue with your physician if you should be screened for B-12 deficiency.

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16
Sep

2019 Constitution Day & Citizenship Day Proclamation

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Author: Michael Scroggins

President General Proclamation
Constitution Day & Citizenship Day

On September 17 “We the People” will observe Constitution Day and Citizenship Day to commemorate the signing of the United States Constitution in Philadelphia. This 232-year-old document is the world’s longest surviving written charter of government and confirms that our nation exists to serve its citizens. Written in 1787 by James Madison, who is considered the Father of the Constitution, it was also influenced by Thomas Jefferson and John Adams who in 1787 were both serving diplomatic missions in Europe and did not sign the document. 

Presided over by George Washington, convention delegates were originally convened to revise the Articles of Confederation. Instead Congress...

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EVENTS

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May

The 245th Anniversary of the Bermuda Gunpowder Plot

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The 245th Anniversary

of the Bermuda Gunpowder Plot

May 13th-18th 2020


In the summer of 1775, the American Colonies are in revolt and the British have responded to the growing crisis in the colonies with a blockade of American ports. The blockade hurt Bermuda as the islands already had a shortage of food, putting the islanders at risk of starvation. Bermudians were divided and while most of the island’s population remained loyal the English Crown, there were many who sympathized with the Continental Congress and its fight for independence.

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Atlantic Middle States Association 2020 Meeting

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August 7-8, 2020

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