Welcome to the website of the Massachusetts Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. The society was formed in 19 April 1889 at a time when the county was celebrating the centennial of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. As part of that patriotic fervor, a group of men in the area of San Francisco, who were descendants of patriots involved in the American Revolution, created this institution. 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.
The SAR is a historical, educational, and patriotic non-profit that seeks to maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom, an appreciation for patriotism, a respect for our national symbols, and the value of American citizenship, 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. We strive to let these stories inspire and strengthen each succeeding generation as it too is called upon to defend our freedoms on the battlefield and in our public institutions.
We also reward excellence, achievement and outstanding citizens. This recognition has taken many forms, including medals, badges, emblems, ribbons, rosettes, sashes, pins and stars for members of our community. Also, as a part of our educational outreach, we conduct several programs across the country Some of our most active ones are targeted to our future leaders - our children and those who are educators. You will find information on the programs below throughout this website.
American History Teacher Awards for public-school and college educators.
Eagle Scout Scholarship Program for scouts younger than 19.
Essay Context for high school students in grades 10-12.
Awards for High School and College ROTC Cadets.
Oratory Contest for students in grades 9-12.
Poster Contest for elementary students in grades 4-5.
Public Service Awards for those in fire, police, EMS, government, and the judiciary.
Today the SAR consists of 26,000 members in over 500 chapters in the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Over 170,000 descendants of the men and women Patriots of the American Revolution have been admitted since our founding. SAR members include fifteen presidents of the United States, Brigadier, Lieutenant and five star generals, presidents of several colleges and universities, ambassadors, and members of the Supreme Court, the U.S. Senate, and the U.S. Congress.
We hope that the Massachusetts Society's website will answer many of your questions about the Society and its history. We also hope that the site will inspire you to join us at our events in person as a member or guest.
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. The SAR was conceived as a fraternal and civic society composed of lineal descendants of those that supported the cause of American Independence. The National Society was chartered by an Act of the United States Congress on June 9, 1906.