What is the SAR?

The SAR is a historical, educational, and patriotic non-profit, United States 501(c)3, corporation that seeks to maintain and extend:

We do this by perpetuating the stories of patriotism, courage, sacrifice, tragedy, and triumph of the men who achieved the independence of the American people in the belief that these stories are universal ones of man's eternal struggle against tyranny, relevant to all time, and will inspire and strengthen each succeeding generation as it too is called upon to defend our freedoms on the battlefield and in our public institutions.

The Origins of the SAR

In 1876 there were many celebrations to commemorate the centennial of the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. As part of this patriotic fervor, a group of men in the San Francisco, California, area who were descendants of patriots involved in the American Revolution, formed an organization called the Sons of Revolutionary Sires. Their objective was to have a fraternal and civic society to salute those men and women who pledged their lives, fortunes and sacred honor to the battle for independence from Great Britain. They desired to keep alive their ancestors' story of patriotism and courage in the belief that it is a universal one of man's struggle against tyranny -- a story which would inspire and sustain succeeding generations when they would have to defend and extend our freedoms.

Out of the Sires grew the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, which was organized on April 30, 1889 -- the 100th anniversary of the inauguration of George Washington as our nation's first President. We have used the acronym SAR to identify ourselves for over 100 years. The SAR was conceived as a fraternal and civic society composed of lineal descendants of the men who wintered at Valley Forge, signed the Declaration of Independence, fought in the battles of the American Revolution, served in the Continental Congress, or otherwise supported the cause of American Independence. The National Society was chartered by an Act of the United States Congress on June 9, 1906. The charter was signed by President Theodore Roosevelt, who was a member of the SAR. The charter authorizes the granting of charters to societies of the various states and territories and authorizes the state societies to charter chapters within their borders. Federal Legislation that established a federal charter for the National Society SAR. 

Our Membership

Today the SAR consists of over 32,000 members in over 500 chapters in the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Switzerland, Mexico, Spain and the United Kingdom.

Almost 165,000 descendants of the men and women Patriots of the American Revolution have been admitted since our founding.  SAR members include:

SAR members answered their country's call in every major American conflict beginning with the battle of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775 up to the present, including Operation Desert Storm, Bosnia and the current actions in Afghanistan and Iraq.  SAR members have received the highest awards America can bestow, including the Medal of Honor

Our Governance

The affairs of the Society are managed by National Trustees (one from each of the State and International Societies), 15 Regional Vice-Presidents and 10 National (General) Officers.

Each year these men meet several times at National Headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky to conduct business.

Delegates from all state societies also meet each year for a multi-day session in a different city for an Annual Congress.

Over 60 Committees made up of scores of members also meet regularly to discuss, plan and act to achieve the Society's objectives.

The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution and The SAR Foundation undergo an independent audit each year.  The attached (Below) indicates that the entities received an unqualified opinion from our independent auditors.  Copies of the most recent IRS Forms 990, “Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax” can be found below.

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National Society Sons of the American Revolution Staff

NSSAR Headquarters Staff

Phone: (502) 589-1776

Fax: (502) 589-1671





Executive Director:   dshawatsar [dot] org (Donald Shaw)   Ext. 6128

Oversees the operations of the National Headquarters, while collaborating with the General Officers and other officers of the organization on the continuing efforts of promoting the goals of the Society and promoting the well being of the organization.

Finance Director:  mbuttsatsar [dot] org (Mary Butts)   Ext. 6120

Oversees all accounting functions of the Society.  Other functions include working with the various financial committees and the Treasurer General to insure a secure financial operation of the Society's monetary assets.

Finance Assistant:   pcochranatsar [dot] org (Peg Cochran)   Ext. 6121

Assist in the accounting functions of the Society, including the deposit reconciliation, merchandise finance inquiries and any additional duties given by the Director of Finance.

Operations Director:   mscroggiatsar [dot] org (Michael Scroggins )   Ext. 6125

Oversees the daily operations of the Registrar and Special Events functions of the NSSAR Headquarters.  Also acts as operations/logistics coordinator for various scheduled buildings events, administers repairs and maintenance of NSSAR facilities.  Additional functions include internal and web database systems management, manages the SAR internal computer network system, and provides administrative support and coordination to the Executive Director.

Special Events Coordinator:   dsmalleyatsar [dot] org (Debbie Smalley)    Ext. 6123

Coordinates the various activities that include the Congress and Semi-annual Leadership meetings.  Provides clerical support for called and scheduled meetings.   Other duties include maintenance of current officers list for all levels of the SAR, record approved committee appointments and processing of the incoming mail.   Provide clerical and coordination support to the Executive Director.

Registrar:   aadamsatsar [dot] org (Aaron Adams)    Ext. 6142

Performs data entry functions for new members and supplemental applications, processes all approved applications.   Generates the Greetings Cards for new members along with their certificates and all other membership materials. Also, provides administrative support to the Finance Department for budgetary purposes and Operations Director on reporting membership statistics and trends.

Utility Staff:   mgammonsatsar [dot] org (Martha Gammons)   

Performs a multitude of duties and works with various departments as needed.

Merchandise Director:   sgriffinatsar [dot] org (Susan Griffin)    Ext. 6141

Manages the Merchandise operations, including the purchasing of materials, stocking the materials and processing of orders from Chapter/State Societies and Compatriots.

Merchandise Assistant:   jtoonatsar [dot] org (Jonathan Toon)    Ext. 6139

Assist in the Merchandise operations of the Society, including the pulling and packing of customer orders, maintaining inventory counts and any additional duties given by the Merchandise Director.

Education Director / Director of the SAR CAAH:   cwilsonatsar [dot] org (Colleen O. Wilson)    Ext. 6129

Oversees the creation of outreach educational programs.  Promotes the outreach education programs to communities and schools.  Develops resources materials for Society members and other patrons.

Library Director:   mchristiatsar [dot] org (Michael Christian )   Ext. 6131

Oversees the operations of the NSSAR Library and assist the general public and Compatriots in general research inquiries.  Other functions include working with the Librarian General to promote and continue to improve the operations of the NSSAR Library.

Assistant Librarian / Archivist: rsaueratsar [dot] org (Rae Ann Sauer)  Ext. 6130, 6132

The Assistant Librarian is the primary support to the Library Director and is required to maintain a working knowledge of day to day library operations. The Archivist is responsible for the preservation and organization of all museum and archival collections.

Cataloger / Assistant to the Librarian:  rchristiatsar [dot] org (Robin Christian)    Ext. 6138

Assist the Librarian in handling general inquiries. Process and cataloging all donated or purchased materials.  Other functions include clerical work and data entry along with any other duties assigned by the Librarian.  Also, handles directing incoming telephone calls or telephone inquires.

Genealogy Director:   sacreeatsar [dot] org (Susan Acree)   

Genealogist:   jhaganatsar [dot] org (Jessie Hagan)   

Genealogist:   dhallatsar [dot] org (Denise Hall)  

Genealogist:   priemannatsar [dot] org (Patty Riemann)  

Genealogist:   bhicklinatsar [dot] org (Beverly Hicklin)

Genealogist:   lmilleratsar [dot] org (Leslie Miller)   

The Genealogists perform the processing and review of new member and supplemental applications.  The staff also handle general inquiries that pertain to membership requirements and policies that involve the application process.

Please note:  NSSAR does not have information on every patriot who served during the American Revolution.   We do have information on those patriots that have been established by our members.

Due to limited staff we are unable to answer individual research requests for help.  Queries of this nature must be handled by a certified genealogist or a professional researcher of your choosing.  Please
visit our library's website for a list of researchers.  These are people who have asked to be put on our list of available researchers.

Executive Assistant to The SAR Foundation:   ldunnatsar [dot] org (Linda L. Dunn)    Ext. 1777

Provides assistance to the President of the SAR Foundation and the CAAH Capital Campaign Chairman along with the daily duties of the SAR Foundation office.

Program Manager - Operation Ancestor Search (OAS):   rkincaidatsar [dot] org (Rick Kincaid)    Ext. 6147

The program is a national project to provide genealogical assistance to wounded servicemen and women, their families and care givers. OAS helps the soldiers build a bridge to the past while opening doors to the future.


2013 - 2014 NSSAR General Officers


2013-2014 General Officers


Elected at Kansas City, Missouri, July 2013


President General Joseph W. Dooley

Joseph W. Dooley


Joseph W. Dooley (VA) has been a member in good standing with the Virginia Society since 1997.  Joseph W. Dooley was elected President General of the National Society, Sons of the American Revolution, in July, 2013 to serve a one-year term.

Secretary General

lindsey [dot] brockatcomcast [dot] net (Lindsey C. Brock) (FL)

Secretary General Lindsey C. Brock

Maintenance of records of the activities of the executive committee, trustees, and national congresses; headquarters staff operations; compiling officer and committee reports for distribution at meetings; meeting registration.

Treasurer General

Thomas E. Lawrence (TX)

Treasurer General Thomas E. Lawrence

Maintenance of financial records; advice and action on financial issues; headquarters merchandise operation; dues

Chancellor General

John L. Dodd (CA)

Advice and action on legal issues relating to the national society.

Genealogist General

Larry P. Cornwell (AL)

Guidance on genealogical problems related to applications for membership and supplementals.

Registrar General

J. Michael Tomme, Sr. (GA)

Maintenance of membership records

Historian General

rftownsatmindspring [dot] com (Robert F. Towns (GA))

Securing and interpreting of the records required to document the history of the national society.

Librarian General

Michael C. Wells (AL)

Guidance for maintaining the national headquarters library and museum

Surgeon General

Abraham R. (Rudy) Byrd, III. M.D. (AZ)

Advice and assistance for maintaining the health of our members.

Chaplain General

Rt. Rev. Louis V. Carlson, Jr. (CA)

Advice and assistance for ministering to the spiritual needs of our members.


Executive Committee Appointees

Mark S. Brennan, Sr. (VA)
Rt. Rev. Louis V. Carlson, Jr. (CA)
PG Stephen A. Leishman 2012-13 (DE)
John T. Manning (NH)
Timothy E. Ward (TX)

Vice Presidents General

These general officers serve as intermediaries between the national society and the state societies, grouped into fifteen Districts (geographic regions, two of which are outside the United States):



For a listing of Previous National Society Officers, you can visit a listing here.



Our Goals

 Historical Goals:


Patriotic Goals


Educational Goals

We help people locate and evaluate genealogical records. Our state and chapter registrars have excellent resources, and the NSSAR library is a major national repository of genealogical information.




Our Museum Gallery

 Headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky



Our headquarters building contains a number of copies and original artwork that commemorate the people and events of the Revolutionary War.   We hope that you enjoy the following snapshots and will plan to visit our headquarters.



Headquarters Tour: Part 1


Artwork in the Headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky


Note: All SAR Web pages are copyright SAR and neither the text nor the artwork on them may be reproduced without written permission from the Sons of the American Revolution, 1000 South Fourth St., Louisville, KY 40203


Previous SAR Headquarters, both in Washington DC:

Old HQ Shot

1927-1959: 1227 - 16th St NW



Old HQ 2

1959-1977: 2412 Massachusetts Ave.


Entry Hall

Cannoneers - full scale figures
(there is now a full-scale replica cannon with them)


Michael Hillegass first treasurer of the U.S.
-- by Gregory Stapko
(gift of FPG Reon G. Hillegass, Jr.)


Samuel Adams (MA) about 1722,
signer of the Declaration of Independence
-- artist unknown, after the original by John Singleton Copley


Signing of the Declaration of Independence
-- artist unknown, after the original by John Trumbull
(at the Yale University Art Gallery)



Mercy Otis Warren (no photo)


Spirit of 76

The Spirit of '76
-- by Frank H. Zeitler after the original by Archibald Willard
(in Abbot Hall, Marblehead MA)


Judge Jacob Burnet (U.S. Senator) (no photo)


Henry Laurens (no photo)


Charles Caroll (MD), signer of the Declaration of Independence
-- artist unknown

Headquarters Tour: Part 2



Artwork in the Headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky



Note: All SAR Web pages are copyright SAR and neither the text nor the artwork on them may be reproduced without written permission from the Sons of the American Revolution, 1000 South Fourth St., Louisville, KY 40203

 Roddis Board Room

"The Death of Joseph Warren"
(also know as "The Battle of Bunker's Hill")
-- artist unknown, copy of the original by John Trumbull


Patrick Henry delivering his speech
before the House of Burgesses At St. John's Church in Richmond (1775)
"... give me liberty or give me death!"


Headquarters Tour: Part 3




Artwork in the Headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky



Note: All SAR Web pages are copyright SAR and neither the text nor the artwork on them may be reproduced without written permission from the Sons of the American Revolution, 1000 South Fourth St., Louisville, KY 40203


Alcove and Stairs Down to the Lower Floor


Replica of the Liberty Bell


General George Washington at Dorchester Heights (MA).
This was a favorite of Martha Washington.



25-star flag - Note the one tucked between the rows.

13-star Hopkinson flag dating from 1810.
The original Hopkinson flag probably used six-pointed stars.


Headquarters Tour: Part 4


Artwork in the Headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky



Note: All SAR Web pages are copyright SAR and neither the text nor the artwork on them may be reproduced without written permission from the Sons of the American Revolution, 1000 South Fourth St., Louisville, KY 40203


Left Stairs Up to the Library


General von Steuben drilling the troops at Valley Forge (1777-78)
-- a pencil sketch


Washington's Ragged Army at Valley Forge (1777-78)
-- a pencil sketch


Gen. Charles O'Hara surrendering the British Army at Yor