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Welcome to the website of the Massachusetts Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. The society is an educational, non-profit that seeks to maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom, and a respect for our national symbols and American citizenship. We do this by perpetuating the stories of courage, sacrifice, and triumph of those who achieved our independence to inspire succeeding generations.

The 2014 SAR Annual Conference on the American Revolution

The 2014 SAR Annual Conference on the American Revolution

Women in the Era of the American Revolution


Presented by The National Society Sons of the American Revolution and The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, with support from The Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture, on June 20-22, 2014 at The Williamsburg Lodge, 310 South England Street, Williamsburg, Virginia 23185.

Williamsburg, Virginia
June 20-22, 2014

During a period of significant disruptions in daily life and changed expectations of what a woman’s place in a marriage, the household, and the community “ought” to be, women assumed multiple roles. They displayed patriotism by supporting boycotts of British goods and encouraging manufacturing at home; they raised funds to feed and clothe the troops; they supported the family by managing the farm or family business while a husband fought. Some followed the armies in supporting roles; and some were soldiers. Others remained loyal to the British crown. Over these years, they wrote poetry, essays, plays, and fiction, exchanged letters with family members and friends, and kept journals. These records, public and private, yield countless stories that allow us to construct a fuller, more complex, narrative of the period.

Please join us as the 2014 SAR Annual Conference on the American Revolution considers Women in the Era of the American Revolution

Ten Papers in Five Sessions: All attendees of the 2014 SAR Annual Conference on the American Revolution may attend all five sessions of the Conference. At each session, two papers will be presented. The range of roles of women in the era of the American Revolution will be discussed by scholars such as:

  • Vivian Bruce Conger, Ithaca College
  • Martha J. King, Princeton University
  • C. Dallett Hemphill, Ursinus College
  • Mary V. Thompson, Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington

Attendees who register for the Full Conference Package may also attend the following:

  • Friday – Cocktail reception
  • Saturday – Lunch, presentation by Nancy K. Loane, Author of Following the Drum: Women at the Valley Forge Encampment, presentation by David Waldstreicher, Temple University
  • Sunday – Brunch and a Roundtable Discussion of Presentations led by Rosemarie Zagarri, George Mason University
  • Optional Post-Conference Activity – After brunch on Sunday, attendees can tour Colonial Williamsburg

Hotel Accommodations

The SAR has a block of rooms at The Williamsburg Lodge at 310 South England Street in Williamsburg, Virginia. Rooms at The Williamsburg Lodge are from $159 per night, plus applicable state and local taxes. Please make your hotel reservations directly with the hotel. To reserve a room, call 800-261-9530, and tell the reservation desk you’re with the Sons of the American Revolution.

If you would prefer to stay somewhere else, or if the SAR’s block of rooms is sold out, there are several other hotels in and near Williamsburg.

  • $250, Full Conference Package, including: Ten Papers in Five Sessions, Friday reception, Saturday lunch and dinner, Sunday brunch and the Roundtable Discussion
  • $100, Ten Papers Package for Adults: Ten Papers in Five Sessions
  • $50, Ten Papers Package for Full-Time Students: Ten Papers in Five Sessions

(These packages do not include meals.)

To register for the 2014 SAR Annual Conference on the American Revolution, please fill out the form below, and send it with your check to: National Society SAR, ATTN: 2014 SARACAR, 1000 South Fourth Street, Louisville, KY 40203

Please make your check payable to “National Society SAR.” The total number of attendees is limited, so please act soon. Registrations for the 2014 SAR Annual Conference on the American Revolution may be accepted until the Conference convenes or is full, but for planning purposes, please try to submit your reservation by June 12, 2014.

Please register for the conference with this form. Kindly call the hotel of your choice directly to make your hotel reservations.

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