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This section features material from journals, magazines, and newspapers on the history, people, and modern-day archaeology of the period.

  • Eagle Scouts Have Positive, Lasting Influence on American Society (May 14th, 2019) — Baylor University Research Finds Eagle Scouts Have Positive, Lasting Influence on American Society Lori Fogleman, Media Contact Merit Beyond the Badge – ISR Study April 10, 2012 “Merit Beyond the Ba ...
  • RUM and RELIGION Benjamin Franklin’s Contributions to Behavioral Psychology (February 17th, 2019) — RUM and RELIGION Benjamin Franklin’s Contributions to Behavioral Psychology By Tony L. “Bo” Vets II SAR Magazine Vol. 113 No. 3, Winter 2018-2019 From his witty sayings to his numerous \ndraft ...
  • We must never forget soldiers of the American Revolution (June 19th, 2018) — by Scott K. Fish Special to the Piscataquis Observer June 5, 2018 Driving two-lane back roads along miles of woods, bordered and interwoven with old stone walls, I was exploring new areas of rural Maine. Up and ...
  • Graves of Our Founders: A Call to Action (March 3rd, 2018) — Graves of Our Founders: A Call to Action Chase headstones. By Joe Farrell, Joe Farley & Lawrence Knorr SAR Magazine Winter 2018, Vol. 112, No. 3, p. 15ff. “Poor is the nation having no heroes; shamef ...
  • Paul Revere drank here: A quest to find Boston’s oldest tavern (December 30th, 2017) — The Bell in Hand, between Union and Marshall streets, still uses its original bar, says its manager. (SUZANNE KREITER/GLOBE STAFF) By Brian MacQuarrie Globe Staff Boston Globe December 30, 2017 Boston, Ma., 12/ ...
  • Why Our Right to Privacy Insures National Security (September 26th, 2017) — By Taryn P. Murphy Winner, Joseph S. Rumbaugh Orations Contest 2017 SAR Magazine Summer 2017 Vol. 112 No. 1 Three loud bangs reverberate on the door. A group of men shatter the lock, bursting in without hesitat ...
  • The Adams Family and the American Revolution (September 26th, 2017) — An Exploration of Four Generations Attendees at the 2017 SAR Annual Conference listen as David Waldstreicher and Richard Samuelson discuss John Quincy Adams and Charles Francis Adams after they presented their ...
  • What is your reason for joining a Military Hereditary Society? (July 25th, 2017) — By David Allen Lambert The Past Finder July 24, 2017 Being a genealogist I started looking at joining various hereditary societies over the years. I am honored to be a life member of the New Hampshire Society o ...
  • Harvard Researchers Discover Second Declaration of Independence Manuscript (May 4th, 2017) — Harvard Researchers Discover Second Declaration of Independence Manuscript By Mia C. Karr Crimson Staff Writer Harvard Gazette April 21, 2017 Two Harvard researchers have uncovered a second parchment manuscript ...
  • Actual Sons of the American Revolution (March 31st, 2017) — Members who were actual Sons of the American Revolution The Massachusetts Society has the distinction of having had a significant number of past members who were true sons of American Revolution — their f ...
  • The Men Who Lost America (March 27th, 2017) — SAR Visiting Professor speaks at King’s College London By Michael J. Elston, President, Virginia Sons of the American Revolution SAR Magazine Winter 2017, Vol. 111, No. 3 Top, Professor O’Shaughnessy; middl ...
  • Painting a revolution (October 17th, 2016) — On June 9, 2004, the casket bearing Ronald Reagan’s body was carried up the steps of the US Capitol ...
  • New research shows George Washington was trendier than we thought (July 23rd, 2016) — New research shows George Washington was trendier than we thought After being closed for almost two years, the Chintz Room in the Mount Vernon Mansion is reopening to the public. Thanks to the first president&# ...
  • The oldest 13-stars-and-stripes American flag at Commonwealth Musuem (June 27th, 2016) — The oldest 13-stars-and-stripes American flag available for public view is at the Commonwealth Museum. By Steve Annear Boston Globe June 13, 2016 An important piece of Boston history has arrived for the celebra ...
  • Repudiation of the Stamp Act (March 1st, 2016) — Repudiation of the Stamp Act Ryan Bass and Pat Barron, Sergeant Lawrence Everhart Chapter Maryland Society Sons of the American Revolution SAR Magazine, Fall 2015 The repudiation of the infamous Stamp Act of 17 ...
  • November 10, 1775: Birth of the U.S. Marine Corps (November 10th, 2014) —

    During the American Revolution, the Continental Congress passes a resolution stating that "two Battalions of Marines be raised" for service as landing forces for the recently formed Continental Navy. The re ...

  • National Youth Oration Contest: "Preserve the Power of Free Speech" (October 11th, 2014) — it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery…” He delivered these words knowing that his political opponents in the room were virulently opposed to his position. But every man of his day in the ...
  • Uxbridge and the Revolution of 1774 (June 11th, 2014) — The people of Uxbridge were well-situated to follow the developments that created unrest within the Province of Massachusetts and led to a growing rebelliousness. The Middle Post Road, the shortest route from B ...
  • ‘Shot heard round world’ might have occurred in Worcester (March 14th, 2014) — ‘Shot heard round world’ might have occurred in Worcester 1775 CENTRAL MASS. TOO TOUGH FOR BRITS Author and historian Ray Raphael, speaking Thursday at the Worcester Historical Museum, says Worceste ...
  • National Oration Winner for 2013: "Veracity in Freedom" (September 24th, 2013) — National Oration Winner for 2013: “Veracity in Freedom” Louis Edmundo Vasquez’s “Veracity in Freedom” was named the winner of the 2013 Joseph S. Rumbaugh Oration Contest. Following is the text ...
  • Faces of the American Revolution (August 15th, 2013) — Faces of the American Revolution By Elizabeth D. Herman New York Times Wednesday, July 3, 2013 George Fishley, daguerreotype. George Fishley was a soldier in the Continental army. When the British army evacuate ...
  • On the Character of General Seth Pomeroy (July 23rd, 2013) — The honor you confer by asking me to address you on the life and character of Seth Pomeroy, on this, the 200th Anniversary of his birth, I fully appreciate; yet to come where so much of this subject is well kno ...
  • Our Founding Fathers and the Second Amendment (March 29th, 2013) — Militias. Distrust of government. Abuse of power. The right to bear arms. Not a day passed without a passionate article or an editorial on the role of guns in American life. The year was 1775. More than 200 yea ...
  • Setting The Record Straight: The Worcester Revolt of September 6, 1774 (January 23rd, 2013) —

    As dawn broke on the morning of September 6, an advance party of militiamen seized the Worcester courthouse, barricaded themselves inside, and awaited the arrival of 25 Crown appointees. That morning, the ...

  • The Other Side of the American Revolution (January 2nd, 2013) — "It shows,” said he, “Then the British soldiers were men like you and me. It shows that the story of that fateful battle hour round many weeping hearts across the sea. Your histories tell you how two Briti ...
  • National Oration Winner on Massachusetts' Samual Adams (September 11th, 2012) — Samuel Adams: Firebrand Who Sparked the American Revolution Samuel Adams: Firebrand Who Sparked the American Revolution By Phillip Cozzi, National Winner for 2012 Joseph S. Rumbaugh Historical Oration Contest C ...
  • Extracts from the Diary of Dorothy Dudley (May 27th, 2012) — Extracts from the Diary of Dorothy Dudley From April 18th, 1775, to July l9th, 1776 The Cambridge of 1776 included the “Diary of Dorothy Dudley” and other material was a local publication created to ...
  • The First Ten Years: A Short History Of Mystic Valley Chapter (May 17th, 2012) — The First Ten Years: A Short History Of Mystic Valley Chapter, Sons Of The American Revolution by William Walter Obear Somerville, Massachusetts 1946 This article looks to the history of a former chapter and th ...
  • Project Aims To Identify Blacks Who Fought In U.S. Revolutionary War (February 10th, 2012) — Project Aims To Identify Blacks Who Fought In U.S. Revolutionary War By The Associated Press Thousands of Black men fought in George Washington’s army during the Revolutionary War, or American War of Independ ...
  • Mob Attacks on Loyalists in Massachusetts 1774 (February 9th, 2012) — Mob Attacks on Loyalists in Massachusetts August 1774 – February 1775 “the sufferings of all from mobs, rioters and trespassers” By Peter Oliver, in Origin and Progress of the American Rebelli ...
  • Andres Cragie: Life of a Massachusetts patriot and scoundrel (January 8th, 2012) — Andrew Craigie: Apothecary General of the Continental Army: 1754-1819 First Apothecary General of the Continental Army By Anthony J. Connors After serving as the first Apothecary General of the Continental Army ...
  • Compatriot Senator Scott Brown on Veterans Day (November 11th, 2011) — Compatriot Senator Scott Brown on Veterans Day November 11, 2011 Veterans Day Senator Scott Brown released the following video message honoring America’s heroes, the veterans of the United States military ...
  • Why Is America Exceptional? (October 10th, 2011) — Why Is America Exceptional? By Matthew Spalding, Ph.D. ( From The Heritage Foundation) In 1776, when America announced its independence as a nation, it was composed of thirteen colonies surrounded by hostile po ...
  • A new species of monster (October 1st, 2011) — A new species of monster The real story of how Massachusetts spawned the gerrymander-and immediately tried to kill it By Christopher Klein (The Boston Globe) Massachusetts, like other states across the country, ...
  • (Un)common Sense (August 27th, 2011) — Open Book There is no more powerful gambit in contemporary political rhetoric than resorting to “common sense,” to principles grounded in the sentiments of “the people.” But it is not ev ...
  • Solving the Mystery of George Washington's Famous Letter (August 13th, 2011) — How did it end up in a suburban warehouse? By Paul Berger (http://www.forward.com) It started as a mystery. During a lecture in England last December, Jonathan Sarna, America’s foremost scholar of American Je ...
  • Independence Forever: Why America Celebrates the Fourth of July (July 1st, 2011) — Originally Published on June 28, 2007 by Matthew Spalding, Ph.D First Principles Series Report The Fourth of July is a great opportunity to renew our dedication to the principles of liberty and equality enshrin ...
  • In historical old burial grounds, reflections on life leave their marks (June 1st, 2011) — Boston Globe Sunday, 30 May 2011 New England Travel, p. M5-7 CONCORD – On a beautiful spring afternoon bursting with life, it might seem strange to stroll through a cemetery, but we were hardly alone when ...
  • Reclaiming Our Founding Principles (March 27th, 2011) — Heritage Foundation Posted July 5th, 2010 Happy Birthday America! America is 234 years old. She was born on July 4, 1776, with the passage of the Declaration of Independence. Since then, America has grown from ...
  • George Washington’s Headquarters and Home in Cambridge Massachusetts (March 20th, 2020) — George Washington’s Headquarters and Home in Cambridge Massachusetts Authored by J. L. Bell for the National Parks Service 669 pages. This publication is free and available here. J. L. Bell George Washing ...
  • Jews and Muslims in British Colonial America – A Genealogical History (May 25th, 2019) — A Genealogical History: Jews and Muslims in British Colonial America Elizabeth Caldwell Hirschman and Donald N. Yates McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers Jefferson, North Carolina, and London 2012 Prefac ...
  • Scars of Independence: America’s Violent Birth (March 4th, 2019) — By Wendy Smith Globe Correspondent Boston Globe May 19, 2017 Scars of Independence: America’s Violent Birth By Holger Hoock Crown, 559 pp., illustrated, $30 Holger Hoock’s grimly detailed “his ...
  • David McCullough’s 1776 (March 3rd, 2019) — Resurrecting the revolution: David McCullough’s compelling narrative brings alive America’s most momentous year 1776 By David McCullough Simon & Schuster, 386 pp., illustrated, $32 By David Hack ...
  • The Story Behind a Forgotten Symbol of the American Revolution: The Liberty Tree (February 28th, 2019) — The Story Behind a Forgotten Symbol of the American Revolution: The Liberty Tree By Erick Trickey Smithsonian.comMay 19, 2016 While Boston landmarks like the Old North Church still stand, the Liberty Tree, gone ...
  • Books for Consideration (July 19th, 2017) — SAR Magazine Vol 111, No. 4, Spring 2017 Minuteman and former Historian General Robert L. “Bob” Bowen has published a memoir My Life and Lens: The Story of A Marine Corps Combat Correspondent. The b ...
  • The Men Who Lost America (March 27th, 2017) — SAR Visiting Professor speaks at King’s College London By Michael J. Elston, President, Virginia Sons of the American Revolution SAR Magazine Winter 2017, Vol. 111, No. 3 Top, Professor O’Shaughnessy; middl ...
  • Revolutionary Summer (July 14th, 2013) — Revolutionary Summer by Joseph J. Ellis New York Times June 28, 2013 If you know the musical “1776,” you know the plot of Joseph J. Ellis’s breezy new book. It’s a stirring and conventional story. A han ...
  • Before It Was History, It Was News (December 27th, 2012) — Reporting the Revolutionary War: Before It Was History, It Was News Reporting the Revolutionary War: Before It Was History, It Was News by Todd Andrlik Reviewed by National Public Radio For the colonists of the ...
  • RI Society publishes Regimental Book for the First RI Regiment (April 30th, 2012) — RI Society publishes Regimental Book for the First RI Regiment The Rhode Island Society of the Sons of the American Revolution has announced the publication of Regimental Book First Rhode Island Regiment for 17 ...
  • Revolutionary War Images – Maureen Taylor at SAR (May 30th, 2011) — Internationally known photo identification expert Maureen Taylor addressed SAR members and conduct an education program for area students in March during her visit to Louisville, Kentucky. Taylor has been featu ...
  • Plaque honoring Revolutionary War dead to be unveiled (September 26th, 2020) — By Andrea HolbrookStaff WriterGloucester TimesSep 19, 2020 PAUL BILODEAU/Staff file photo. Gloucester firefighter and Navy veteran Sean Ellis plants a flag on veteran’s 1804 grave at First Parish Burial G ...
  • The Virginia Society hosts the 130th National Conference 2020 (February 16th, 2020) — The Virginia Society is proud to invite you to Richmond for the 2020 National Congress July 10th – 16th. Along with the activities provided by the National Society, there, as at every Congress, members fi ...
  • Forgotton Soldiers Exhibition through March 22, 2020 (September 21st, 2019) — Forgotten Soldier: Special Exhibition at the American Revolution Musuem at Yorktown Forgotten Soldier Logo with Billy Flora ...
  • Ceremony, and new headstone, to honor Revolutionary War militiaman May 18th (May 12th, 2019) — Ceremony, and new headstone, to honor Revolutionary War militiaman ...
  • Congress 2018 – Houston (May 26th, 2017) — “The SAR Congress You’ll Not Want to Miss!” July 12-18, 2018 — Houston, Texas HOTEL RESERVATION For Reservations: You can call the hotel at (281) 501-4300 or use the following web address: W ...
  • SAR Memorial Service at Congress 2016 (September 9th, 2016) — SAR Memorial Service SAR Magazine, Vol. 111 No. 1 July 10th, 2016 Above: Garrett Lear, First Vice President and Chaplin of the Massachusetts Society. The 126th Annual Congress Memorial Service was held Sunday, ...
  • Congress Is Coming! (June 22nd, 2016) — Congress Is Coming! Saturday, July 9, through Wednesday, July 13 SAR Magazine Spring 2016 The upcoming Annual Congress is only weeks away, so you should be preparing to come to Boston and enjoy some New England ...
  • Cemetery Preservation 101 (March 13th, 2016) — Workshop on "Cemetery Preservation 101" at Leadership Meetings SAR Education Outreach Updated 13 March 2016 During the 2015 SAR Fall Leadership Meeting, the SAR Outreach Education offered its first wo ...
  • Greenville Welcomes the SAR to South Carolina’s Upstate (November 1st, 2014) — The 124th Congress, hosted by the South Carolina Society July 18-24, drew 555 compatriots and guests to Greenville, making it one of the largest on record. Greenville, in the southern foothills of the Smoky Mo ...
  • National Archives Hosts Virtual Genealogy Fair October 28-30 (October 25th, 2014) — The National Archives will host a live, three-day, virtual Genealogy Fair via webcast on YouTube ...
  • Join Our Yorktown 2014 Celelebration October 18th (September 14th, 2014) — The 233rd anniversary of America's decisive Revolutionary War victory at Yorktown will be marked with a variety of engaging programs and tours on Saturday October 18th — Yorktown Day — in historic Plimoth P ...
  • Grave Marking in Sandwich Old Town Cemetery (August 31st, 2014) — The Cape Cod Chapter Sons of the American Revolution conducted a Grave Marking Ceremony September 13th at 10am in the Sandwich Old Town Burying Ground for Dr. Nathaniel Freeman. Dr. Freeman, great, great, grea ...
  • Return to Revolutionary War Country: Congress 2014 (June 24th, 2014) — Return to Revolutionary War Country Staff Writer SAR Magazine Spring 2014 The 124th Congress in Greenville, S.C., promises to be fun, exciting, educational and historical. From tours of Revolutionary War battle ...
  • The 2014 SAR Annual Conference on the American Revolution (May 26th, 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 a ...
  • A Historical Day in Grafton (May 18th, 2014) — On May 10, 2014, MASSAR's Continental Color Guard participated in Grafton History Day at the invitation of the Grafton Historical Society. Each year they choose a different period in our history. This year was ...
  • Worcester Revolution's County-wide Read Underway (May 10th, 2014) — Twelve Worcester County Libraries have joined in the celebration of the Worcester Revolution of 1774 to bring a county-wide read of Ray Raphael's First American Revolution: Beyond Lexington and Concord
  • Greenville, S.C. to Host 124th Annual Congress (February 23rd, 2014) — Greenville, S.C. to Host 124th Annual Congress Members of the South Carolina Society invite compatriots and guests to join them in Greenville, S.C., as they host the 124th Annual Congress. Mark your calendars f ...
  • Judge Hiller B. Zobel to speak at Yorktown Celebration (September 19th, 2013) — The Honorable Hiller B. Zobel to speak at Yorktown Celebration John Adams’ Ethical Dilemmas in the time leading up to the War for American Independence Special Family Rates at Sturbridge Village 19 October 20 ...
  • Invitation from the Virginia Society (June 20th, 2013) — The George Washington Chapter of the Virginia Society has cordially invited all members of the Massachusetts Society and their families to participate in the 52nd annual parade, ceremony, and wreath laying at G ...
  • Conference on the American Revolution (April 22nd, 2013) — The SAR is pleased to announce the 2013 SAR Annual Conference on the American Revolution, Revolutionary Prophecies: The Founders on the Future. The 2013 SAR Annual Conference will convene in St. Louis, Missouri ...
  • National Memorial Day Parade, Washington, DC (April 18th, 2013) — National Memorial Day Parade, Washington, DC The National Memorial Day Parade will take place Monday, May 27, 2013, at 2 p.m., in Washington, D.C., and the SAR has once again been accepted as a participant in t ...
  • PG Stephen Leishman to Speak at Patriot’s Day Luncheon (March 4th, 2013) — President General Stephen A. Leishman, a native of Washington, D.C., and a graduate of the University of Maryland where he earned his U.S. Air Force commission, is the keynote speaker for our Patriot’s Da ...
  • Massachusetts Color Guard in National Events (January 21st, 2013) — January 2013 Edition of SAR Colorgardsman Available J. Michael Tomme, Sr. NSSAR, National Color Guard Commander I hope each had a Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday and a great New Year’s Day. Thank you to all wh ...
  • SAR Celebrates the 225th Anniversary of the U.S. Constitution (December 2nd, 2012) — SAR Celebrates the 225th Anniversary of the U.S. Constitution By Historian General Robert L. “Bob” Bowen, photos by the author, Lanny Patten and Joan Hall The weather could not have been more accommodating ...
  • Renowned Expert to Speak at Sunday’s Patriot’s Day Luncheon (April 1st, 2012) — Renowned Expert to Speak at Sunday’s Patriot’s Day Luncheon “The Last Muster: Images of the Revolutionary War Generation” By Alexandra Alter Wall Street Journal Internationally-known genealogica ...
  • NSSAR Congress Returns to Tar Heel (October 10th, 2011) — NSSAR Congress Returns to Tar Heel State for First Time in 75 Years The National Color Guard and Congress pages gather in front of the First Baptist Church of Winston-Salem following Sunday’s Memorial Service ...
  • Revolutionary War Patriot To Be Honored In Conway, MA (June 23rd, 2011) — Edward Thayer (1764-1827) to Receive New Gravestone August 20th When in the early 1990s Mr. Verne L. Thayer of Milford, MA, began his quest to join the Massachusetts Society, Sons of the American Revolution (MA ...
  • PG David Sympson to Speak at Patriot's Day Luncheon (April 16th, 2011) — David Sympson, the 107th President General elected at SAR’s 120th Annual Congress for the term of 2010-11, is the keynote speaker for our Patriot’s Day luncheon at the Concord Inn April 17th at 2pm. Dav ...
  • Battle Road: No Place for Old Men. Maybe Not! (June 7th, 2020) — By Brett Osborn SAR Magazine Winter 2019-2020 Vol. 114, No. 3, pp. 24-25 ...
  • 250th Series: 250th Anniversary of the Boston Massacre From the Viewpoint of the British and Loyalists (June 6th, 2020) — By Guy Higgins SAR Magazine Winter 2019-2020 Vol. 114, No. 3, pp. 18-19 This installment of the 250th Series examines a critical event, the Boston Massacre, from two viewpoints. On pages 16-17, we see the viewp ...
  • 250th Series: 250th Anniversary of the Boston Massacre From the Viewpoint of the Colonies (June 6th, 2020) — By Clifford Olsen SAR Magazine Winter 2019-2020 Vol. 114, No. 3, pp. 16-17 This installment of the 250th Series examines a critical event, the Boston Massacre, from two viewpoints. On pages 16-17, we see the vi ...
  • Jews and Muslims in British Colonial America – A Genealogical History (May 25th, 2019) — A Genealogical History: Jews and Muslims in British Colonial America Elizabeth Caldwell Hirschman and Donald N. Yates McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers Jefferson, North Carolina, and London 2012 Prefac ...
  • William Samuel Johnson Becomes Senator of Connecticut, April 2, 1791 (April 6th, 2019) — William Samuel Johnson Becomes Senator of Connecticut, April 2, 1791 By Bill Potter Landmark Events History Highlights 1 April 2019 William Samuel Johnson (1727-1819) William “Sammy” Samuel Johnson ...
  • Breaking news of the Revolutionary War (March 26th, 2019) — Breaking news of the Revolutionary War What does history look like while you’re living it? By Todd Andrlik and J. L. BellCorrespondents Boston Globe December 16, 2012 A 1903 reproduction of a 1789 engravi ...
  • The Story Behind a Forgotten Symbol of the American Revolution: The Liberty Tree (February 28th, 2019) — The Story Behind a Forgotten Symbol of the American Revolution: The Liberty Tree By Erick Trickey Smithsonian.comMay 19, 2016 While Boston landmarks like the Old North Church still stand, the Liberty Tree, gone ...
  • Capt. Daniel Allen Serving Through “The American Crisis” 1775-1779 (February 17th, 2019) — Capt. Daniel Allen Serving Through “The American Crisis” 1775-1779 By Lee S. Harford Jr. SAR Magazine Vol. 113 No. 3, Winter 2018-2019 Over the last century, historians produced volumes on the role ...
  • The Patriot’s Voice: The American Political Society (January 25th, 2019) — The “American Political Society” to be serialized on Twitter starting July 1st The American Political Society was established in 1773 in Worcester, Massachusetts, by Col. Timothy Bigelow (1739-1790) ...
  • Simcoe’s Raritan River Raid (March 3rd, 2018) — Simcoe’s Raritan River Raid By George W. Wright SAR Magazine Winter 2018, Vol. 112, No. 3, p. 22ff. An ill-fated British raid along New Jersey’s Raritan River ended in the capture of one of King George’s ...
  • 250th Series: The Declaratory Act (September 26th, 2017) — By Dr. David E. Schrader SAR Magazine Summer 2017 Vol. 112. No. 1 On March 18, 1766 the hated Stamp Act was repealed. Also on March 18, 1766 the Declaratory Act (the American Colonies Act 1766) was enacted. The ...
  • 250th Series: The Bill of Rights (September 26th, 2017) — By Charles R. Lampman SAR Magazine Summer 2017 Vol. 112 No. 1 Background The First Continental Congress (September–October 1774) was a meeting of representatives from the Colonies to discuss how they were goi ...
  • Moses Doan and Robert Gibson and the Immortality of a Reputation (July 19th, 2017) — Picture: THE DEATH OF MAJOR KENNEDY AND MOSES DOAN. From the Piratical and Tragical Almanac for 1846. Collection of the Houghton Library, Harvard University (APA.P664A.1846). This fanciful woodcut, published lo ...
  • Company Roster – Westford Militia at the Battle of Concord (May 31st, 2017) — Westford Massachusetts — April 19, 1775 By Rev. Edwin R. Hodgeman History of Westford, 1883, p. 104 ff. Transcribed by Janice Farnsworth Authorities vary somewhat in stating the facts relating to this fig ...
  • Charles James Fox: Incidental Patriot? (April 12th, 2017) — Charles James Fox, by Karl Arton Hickel, 1774 By Henry J. Voegtle, Chancellor, Texas Society SAR SAR Magazine Winter 2017, Vol. 111, No. 3 Winston Churchill is reputed to have said that “history is written by ...
  • 1777: The Road to Saratoga (March 27th, 2017) — SAR Magazine Winter 2017, Vol. 111, No. 3 A Trip with President General J. Michael Tomme — Proposed dates: May 4-13, 2017 — Pricing — Per adult (12 years and above): $2,999 Per youth (under 12 ...
  • Myths of the American Revolution (October 10th, 2016) — Myths of the American Revolution A noted historian debunks the conventional wisdom about America’s War of Independence By John Ferling Smithsonian Magazine January 2010 Britain’s leaders made a misc ...
  • The American Spy: Winning the War from the Shadows (September 9th, 2016) — In the middle of a dark night, a lone rowboat crosses the Long Island Sound. The date is Sept. 12, 1776. A few weeks prior, the British army, under the command of Gen. William Howe, had successfully invaded L ...
  • Repeal of Stamp Act Forever stamps (June 27th, 2016) — Repeal of Stamp Act Forever stamps NEW YORK — The U.S. Postal Service today dedicated a Forever stamp souvenir sheet commemorating the 250th anniversary of the repeal of the Stamp Act in 1766. The Stamp Act w ...
  • The Curious London Legacy of Benedict Arnold (May 7th, 2016) — The Curious London Legacy of Benedict Arnold More than 200 years after his death, the most notorious traitor of the Revolutionary War has an unlikely supporter By John Hanc Smithsonian.com July 8, 2010 “Y ...
  • The Crossing of the Dan Documentary (April 24th, 2016) — By Dan Shaw Halifax County Historical Society One of the most important events of the Revolutionary War After the Battle of Saratoga, Gates was appointed Commander of the Southern Army, but was quickly defeated ...
  • Sons of Liberty and their fight for freedom (March 20th, 2016) — History Channel tells real story of the Sons of Liberty and their fight for freedom Scott Bomboy Constitution Daily January 26, 2015 The new History Channel mini-series “Sons of Liberty” gives the H ...
  • 250 YearS ago : The STamp acT (February 16th, 2016) — 250 YearS ago : The STamp acT The Beginning of the American Revolution Dr. David E. Schrader Massachusetts Society Sons of the American Revolution SAR Magazine, Fall 2015 On November 1, 1765, 250 years ago, an ...
  • The Powder Alarm and Mobilization of the New England Countryside, 1774-1775 (December 7th, 2014) — The mobilization of the countryside of New England proved widespread not only in a geographic sense, but also inclusive of the entire community. This event represented a popular uprising that encompassed more t ...
  • Founders Day: November 28, 1782 (November 10th, 2014) — Founder's Day originated from a proclamation by the United States Continental Congress on October 11, 1782, in response to Great Britain's expected military defeat in the American Revolutionary War. The war did ...
  • Committee of Correspondence: The Revolution in Provincial Politics (May 4th, 2014) — This revolutionary assumption of authority outside the bounds of the traditional structure began in Berkshire County, a region where previously there had been relatively little participation in the politics of ...
  • Boston Committee of Correspondence Enters Massachusetts Politics (April 15th, 2014) — The unanimous vote establishing the Boston Committee of Correspondence [on 3 November 1772] was a victory for the Boston Whigs. The governor's friends had tried to discourage interest in the meeting, and ha ...
  • The End of the Revolution and the Beginning of Independence (March 23rd, 2014) —

    We most often define the Revolution as the War of Independence from rule by Great Britain. We also suppose that the Revolution began with the British efforts to seize gunpowder and cannon from the stores at ...

  • King George reacts to the Fight for Independence (March 2nd, 2014) — "Nothing could have afforded me so much satisfaction; as to have been able to inform you, at the opening of this session, that the troubles which have so long distracted my colonies in North America were at an ...
  • Paul Revere's Other Riders (February 1st, 2014) — Neither Paul Revere nor William Dawes received news of the Regulars' advance by signal lanterns. In his classic "Paul Revere's Ride," published in 1861, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow exercised considerable poetic ...
  • The True Start of the American Revolution (January 12th, 2014) —

    What could Massachusetts’ military governor, Thomas Gage, do about the uprising? Nothing. In Salem, the temporary provincial capital, patriots held a town meeting one block from the governor’s office, i ...

  • America’s First Declaration of Independence (January 1st, 2014) — ". . . you are to consider the people of this province absolved, on their part, from the obligation therein contained [the 1691 Massachusetts charter], and to all intents and purposes reduced to a state of natu ...
  • British Point of View: Lexington & Concord 19 April 1775 (December 9th, 2013) —

    The majority of the colonists did not want the breakdown of law and order these gangs and their leaders would bring, so determined Loyalists covertly supplied the British with good intelligence, including t ...

  • Instructions: The people’s voice in revolutionary America (November 16th, 2013) —

    On Monday morning, July 1, 1776, just as delegates to the Continental Congress were assembling in the East Wing of the Pennsylvania State House to resume debate on declaring independence, a currier handed ...

  • A Declaration of Independence ­ 21 months before July 4, 1776 (November 2nd, 2013) — A Declaration of Independence ­21 months before July 4, 1776 On October 4,1774, the Worcester Massachusetts Town Meeting issued instructions to blacksmith Timothy Bigelow, whom it had chosen for its representa ...
  • Boston and the Dawn of Independence (November 1st, 2013) — Boston and the Dawn of Independence “Required Reading” By Brian Deming BostonDawn Hardcover, 508 pages, Westholme Publishing The world of colonial Boston packed up and sailed away long ago, but it l ...
  • The British View: Independence by Propaganda (October 18th, 2013) —

    The rebel insurgency, in their quest for independence, resisted government control in many illegitimate ways and orchestrated the cruel, unfair treatment of America Loyalists. They were involved in the smug ...

  • The Men who lost America (October 12th, 2013) — All strategies were based on a serious misreading of sentiment in America. It was an axiom of British policy that most Americans were loyal to the Crown, and that the Revolution was led by “the intrigues of a ...
  • John Hancock's role as treasurer left an uneasy Harvard (September 3rd, 2013) —

    Hancock was elected Harvard treasurer in July 1773, taking into his possession 15,400 pounds sterling in securities, ...

  • Loyalists at the Outbreak of the Revolution, 1775-1776 (August 15th, 2013) — In the mid 1770s, especially after the Battle of Lexington and Concord in April 1775, any toleration for Loyalists vanished. Patriot committees of safety required citizens to pledge support for the cause of Am ...
  • African Americans of Massachusetts in the Revolution (June 30th, 2013) —

    The first Provincial Congress of Massachusetts meeting in October 1774 reacted to the closing of Boston harbor and other coercive acts of Great Britain by choosing a Committee of Safety which was authorized ...

  • American Indians of Massachusetts in the Revolution (June 8th, 2013) — At the outbreak of the Revolution, there were approximately 1,700 Indians living in Massachusetts. While most Indians resided in the counties on or around Cape Cod, over 200 lived near Stockbridge in western Ma ...
  • The Intolerable Acts – On the Road to Revolution (May 15th, 2013) — The British government spent immense sums of money on troops and equipment in an attempt to subjugate Massachusetts. British merchants had lost huge sums of money on looted, spoiled, and destroyed goods shipped ...
  • A Letter from Col. Paul Revere to the Corresponding Secretary Jeremy Belknap on the Battle of Lexington (April 18th, 2013) — I observed a Wood at a Small distance, & made for that. When I got there, out Started Six officers, on Horse back, and orderd me to dismount;-one of them, who appeared to have the command, examined me, where I ...
  • HIST 116: The American Revolution (March 15th, 2013) — HIST 116: The American Revolution Professor Joanne Freeman Yale University This Yale College course, taught on campus twice per week for 50 minutes, was recorded for Open Yale Courses in Spring 2010 and is avai ...
  • From the Log of the USS Constitution (February 24th, 2013) — Habits on the USS Constitution The U.S.S. Constitution (Old Ironsides), as a combat vessel, carried 48,600 gallons of fresh water for her crew of 475 officers and men. This was sufficient to last six months of ...
  • Hancock departs Harvard with its Money and Papers (February 18th, 2013) — The trouble between Harvard College and its treasurer, John Hancock, is too well known for detailing. Hancock, engrossed in affairs of graver importance, went off to Philadelphia carrying all the bonds and pape ...
  • Spain and the Independence of the United States (February 16th, 2013) — Spain and the Independence of the United States By Thomas e. Chavez Spanish forces overran the British lines during the climacticBattle of Pensacola (1781). In December 1785, George Washington, “recently reti ...
  • An Alarm from Lexington (November 16th, 2012) — In the archives of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania is a manuscript letter four pages long. Bearing the names of thirty-nine signers in seventeen towns and cities between Boston and Philadelphia, it descr ...
  • After Long Omission, National Parks To Honor Minorities In Revolution (October 31st, 2012) — After Long Omission, National Parks To Honor Minorities In Revolution Information About Blacks, Others Will Be Included In National Park Exhibits By Michael Kilian Chicago Tribune Staff Writer BALTIMORE — The ...
  • English letter of April 1775 on the Attack at Lexington and Concord (October 21st, 2012) — On Tuesday, the 18th of April, about half past at night Lieutenant Colonel Smith of the Royal Regiment, embarked from the Common at Boston, with the Grenadiers and Light-Infantry, of the Troops there, and lande ...
  • The Massachusetts Rebellion at Lexington and Concord (April 14th, 2012) — Patriots Day: The Massachusetts Rebellion at Lexington and Concord Letter from Isaac Merrill (1708-1787) to John Currier 19 April 1775 Written by Merrill, a Colonel of militia, sending an account of the America ...
  • The Influence of Cambridge in the Formation of the Nation (March 19th, 2012) — The Influence of Cambridge in the Formation of the Nation By Andrew P. Peabody, D. D. CAMBRIDGE was the first capital of our infant Republic, the cradle of our nascent liberty, the hearth of our kindling patrio ...
  • Boston Children in the Revolution (February 27th, 2012) — A Boy Soldier Under Washington: The Memoir of Daniel Granger A Boy Soldier Under Washington: The Memoir of Daniel Granger Edit by M. M. Quaife Daniel Granger, who at the tender age of thirteen years shouldered ...
  • Mob Attacks on Loyalists in Massachusetts 1774 (February 9th, 2012) — Mob Attacks on Loyalists in Massachusetts August 1774 – February 1775 “the sufferings of all from mobs, rioters and trespassers” By Peter Oliver, in Origin and Progress of the American Rebelli ...
  • Harvard’s year of exile (December 18th, 2011) — Harvard’s year of exile During the American Revolution, the College moved to Concord As Harvard celebrates its 375th anniversary, the Harvard Gazette examines key moments and developments over the University ...
  • The Massachusetts Revolution of 1774 (November 24th, 2011) — The Massachusetts Revolution of 1774 The Beginning of the End of British Rule in North America By ...
  • Worcester at the breaking out of the Revolutionary War (October 26th, 2011) — Worcester at the breaking out of the Revolutionary War Worcester In The War Of The Revolution: Embracing The Acts Of The Town From 1705 To 1783 By Albert A. Lovell, Worcester, Massachusetts, 1870 It would be de ...
  • Liberty and Order: Primary Documents (September 4th, 2011) — Liberty and Order: Primary Documents By Lance Banning (From The Jack Miller Center) Within three years of the inauguration of the new federal Constitution, America’s revolutionary leaders divided bitterly ove ...
  • New Podcast: Washington’s Farewell Address (August 18th, 2011) — New Podcast: Washington’s Farewell Address From Colonial Williamsburg’s History.org in Podcasts When George Washington left office in 1796, he wrote down some words of advice to his successors. His words ar ...
  • Privateers of the Revolution (June 23rd, 2011) — By Charles R. Lampson The word privateer evokes different meanings for different people. Perhaps the definitions of both privateer and pirate will point out the subtle differences between the two. Privateer: A ...
  • The People Who Founded America: A Founding Fathers Guide (May 14th, 2011) — The founding fathers of our country played important roles during our the American revolution and subsequent building of our political system. Without the leadership of these seven founders beliefs we might not ...
  • Black Patriots of the American Revolution (May 7th, 2011) — A Memorial Day Remembrance Wallbuilders, February 2004by David Barton Americans have lost much of their knowledge of basic historical facts, particularly those relating to the American Revolution. In fact, a re ...
  • The Constitution (March 27th, 2011) — United States Constitution From Wikipedia The Constitution of the United States is the supreme law of the United States of America. The Constitution is the framework for the organization of the United States go ...
  • Plaque honoring Revolutionary War dead to be unveiled (September 26th, 2020) — By Andrea HolbrookStaff WriterGloucester TimesSep 19, 2020 PAUL BILODEAU/Staff file photo. Gloucester firefighter and Navy veteran Sean Ellis plants a flag on veteran’s 1804 grave at First Parish Burial G ...
  • The Liberty Tree: Newsletter of the Massachusetts Society (March 4th, 2020) — The Massachusetts Society Sons of the American Revolution February 2020 Cape Cod Chapter – Public Service and Heroism Awards The Cape Cod Chapter the Massachusetts Society held a special ceremony on November ...
  • The Virginia Society hosts the 130th National Conference 2020 (February 16th, 2020) — The Virginia Society is proud to invite you to Richmond for the 2020 National Congress July 10th – 16th. Along with the activities provided by the National Society, there, as at every Congress, members fi ...
  • Cape heroes honored for community service (November 19th, 2019) — Cape heroes honored for community service Sons of the American Revolution chapter leaders Terry Murray, left, and Robert Gifford, right, pose with award recipients Chrissy Knowlton, Kathleen Kenney, Brian Morri ...
  • How To Be A Good Ancestor (November 6th, 2019) — How To Be A Good Ancestor By Andrew Recinos, President Tessitura Network 29 October 2019 One of the most fascinating conversations I’ve ever had was with a professional genealogist. Months before this cal ...
  • The Clements Library: SAR collaborates with the University of Michigan’s William L. Clements Library (September 2nd, 2019) — The Clements Library: SAR collaborates with the University of Michigan’s William L. Clements Library “A Temple of American History” – A title given to the Clements by author and librarian Willia ...
  • Sargent is “one of a kind” – Bringing veterans’ stories to life, one by one (July 16th, 2019) — Matty Sargent cleaning a gravestone. By Cindy Zomar Contributing Writer Main Street Journal Marlborough, Massachusetts July 15, 2019 Matthew Sargent, a life-long Marlborough resident — and member of the M ...
  • A Concord Revolutionary War soldier’s ‘long-lost’ journal is being digitized (June 19th, 2019) — An excerpt from the manuscript of American Revolutionary War soldier James Melvin. (THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION INSTITUTE OF THE SOCIETY OF THE CINCINNATI) By Steve Annear Globe Staff Boston Globe June 18, 2019, 9: ...
  • Online Patriot Research System Working Well (May 26th, 2019) — Patriot Research System Working Well James H. Wood, Chairman Patriot Records Committee SAR Magazine Vol. 113, No. 4 Spring 2019 The Patriot Research System (PRS) had its first birthday on January 15 and the app ...
  • A Visit with David Schrader (March 2nd, 2019) — Cape Cod Chapter Massachusetts Society Sons of the American Revolution 28 February 2019 Members of the Massachusetts Society Sons of the American Revolution visited with David Schrader and his wife Sandra today ...
  • Goodwill workers in NJ find original 1774 ‘rebel’ newspaper (February 27th, 2019) — Goodwill workers in NJ find original 1774 ‘rebel’ newspaper By Maryclaire Dale AP News October 25, 2018 BELLMAWR, N.J. (AP) — A quick eye by Goodwill workers in southern New Jersey turned up frame ...
  • Memorial flag returning to grave of Groton man who helped Revere’s midnight ride (May 17th, 2018) — By Jessica Reyes Apr 18, 2018 – 6:56 PM Fox News 25 Boston GROTON, Mass. – It was 243 years ago when Revere set off to warn Massachusetts residents the British were coming. According to the Paul Rev ...
  • The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown and Jamestown Settlement (March 3rd, 2018) — The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown and Jamestown Settlement SAR Staff SAR Magazine Winter 2018, Vol. 112, No. 3, p. 11ff. History Museums see visitation and revenue increases Paid visitation in 2017 at ...
  • Youth Awards Luncheon (September 26th, 2017) — More than 600 people attended the Youth Awards Luncheon on Monday. Among the major award winners were, from left, Outstanding JROTC Cadet Award winner Conner Goodrich of Edmond, Oklahoma; Erin Moore of the Chil ...
  • SAR President General Talks Revolution (August 6th, 2017) — Episode 201 – SAR President General Talks Revolution / Breakthrough! Name Change? No Birth Town? No Problem! By Ryan Bennett Extreme Genes 30 July 2017 Host: Scott Fisher with guest David Allen Lambert Host S ...
  • "Lost grave" dedicated to Danvers man after nearly 200 years (July 31st, 2017) — Fox Boston 25 News Jul 29, 2017 – 10:48 DANVERS, Mass. – Nearly 200 years after he died, a veteran of the Revolutionary War finally received his military honors. His final resting place was rededica ...
  • Dig may settle mystery into lost grave of famed Maryland 400 soldiers (July 19th, 2017) — Painting by Alfred Wordsworth Thompson of Smallwood’s Departure From Annapolis. It was painted in 1876 in commemoration of American independence. The Maryland National Guard displays paintings and artifac ...
  • Provincetown Revolutionary War Soldiers Project (July 5th, 2017) — by Amy Whorf McGuiggan, Project Coordinator The Weekly Genealogist Vol. 19, No. 78, July 5, 2017 During the Revolutionary War, Provincetown, Massachusetts (founded in 1727), was little more than a fishing stati ...
  • This Revolutionary War Shot Still Has Traces of Human Blood on It (May 26th, 2017) — A rare artifact from a pivotal moment in American history. By Sarah Laskow May 22, 2017 Atlas Obscura This piece of canister shot, shown here before cleaning, tested positive for human blood. At Monmouth Battle ...
  • Vacant Brooklyn lot could be site of mass grave for Revolutionary War soldiers, historian says (April 19th, 2017) — Vacant Brooklyn lot could be site of mass grave for Revolutionary War soldiers, historian says | New York’s PIX11 / WPIX-TV By Magee Hickley PIX 11 TV New York City 25 March 2017 GOWANUS, Brooklyn — ...
  • Ready, aim, visit: American Revolution Museum at attention (April 13th, 2017) — Ready, aim, visit: American Revolution Museum at attention By Kristen De Groot AP NEWS 12 April 2017 PHILADELPHIA (AP) — With muskets polished, flags aloft and one very commanding tent in place, Philadelphia& ...
  • SAR Genealogical Research Library (March 27th, 2017) — Databases, Accessing and Links By Bruce Pickette, Librarian General SAR Magazine Winter 2017, Vol. 111, No. 3 The Library’s Catalog is always available online and there are 15 useful “Links to Other His ...
  • George Washington re-enactors cross Delaware River (December 26th, 2016) — George Washington re-enactors cross Delaware River By Associated Press KRON4 San Francisco December 25, 2016, 4:10 pm WASHINGTON CROSSING, Pa. (AP) — George Washington and his troops have made their annua ...
  • Fourteen Free Patriots of Color (December 19th, 2016) — Fourteen Free Patriots of Color By Jim Wood SAR Magazine Fall 2016, Vol. 111, No. 2 On Sept. 3, the North Carolina Society chartered its newest chapter—The Patriot Isaac Carter Chapter. This is the first chap ...
  • Historians reach deal for Revolutionary War battlefield (December 13th, 2016) — Historians reach deal for Revolutionary War battlefield Associated Press Washington Times Monday, December 12, 2016 PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) – Historical activists on Monday announced an agreement to save a p ...
  • Paul Revere, America’s First Dental Odontologist (October 30th, 2016) — Paul Revere was an ardent patriot and a skilled artisan who turned to dentistry when times were lean. ...
  • Local heroes: Ceremony honors Revolutionary War heroes buried at Trinity Church (October 21st, 2016) — Though the battles were fought far away — in Upstate New York and coastal Virginia — the officers who won them were buried at the church's storied cemetery. ...
  • Essay Winner: "Natural Rights" (September 9th, 2016) — The winner of the SAR Knight Essay contest was Joseph Nusbaum, a high school senior from Pensacola Catholic High School in Florida. By Joseph Nusbaum Winner, Youth Essay Contest SAR Magazine, Vol. 111 No. 1 The ...
  • Boston Welcomes the 126th Annual National Congress (September 9th, 2016) — The 126th Annual National Congress SAR Magazine, Vol. 111 No. 1 July 9-13, 2016 The 126th Congress, hosted by the Massachusetts Society, July 9-13, drew 239 compatriots and guests to Boston’s Westin-Cople ...
  • Princeton library brings Revolutionary-era texts alive online (May 22nd, 2016) — This engraving of author Thomas Paine is one of 150 items from the American Revolutionary era featured in the Princeton University Digital Library’s Sid Lapidus ’59 Collection on Liberty and the Ame ...
  • SAR National Musuem Coming (March 12th, 2016) — Sons of the American Revolution museum coming to West Main’s Museum Row By Steve Kaufman Insider Louisville Updated 12 March 2016 Not only is West Main Street becoming Museum Row. It also is becoming Inte ...
  • Society to Honor Justice Scalia (February 16th, 2016) — Four Decades of Public Service to be recognized at Annual Event Virginia Society SAR Sons of the American Revolution Posted Fri, 2016-01-15 09:33 The George Washington Chapter of the Virginia Sons of the Americ ...
  • Member dies while laying wreaths on veterans' graves (December 26th, 2015) — Fred Kaffenberger Jr., dressed in Colonial-era garb, died Dec. 12, 2015 while taking part in a Wreaths Across America event at Leavenworth National Cemetery, Kansas while laying Christmas wreaths at the graves ...
  • Sons of the American Revolution museum coming to West Main’s Museum Row (January 23rd, 2015) — by Steve Kaufman Not only is West Main Street becoming Museum Row. It also is becoming Interactive Experience/Learning Center Row. (All right, not as catchy!) One of the newest tenants of the cast iron building ...
  • Massachusetts receives 14 Awards at Congress 2014 (November 17th, 2014) — Massachusetts receive 14 Awards at Congress 2014 The following awards were presented to state societies, chapters and individuals for various categories as listed in the SAR Handbook. Recognition Night: Awards ...
  • Historic Documents on Display in Williamstown (October 25th, 2014) — Throughout history, certain documents have been issued to claim or establish rights and to check abuses of power. To many, the document known as Magna Carta, or the Great Charter, written in thirteenth-century ...
  • President General’s Message: "Achieving Goals Together" (September 14th, 2014) — Serving as your President General is a great honor. When I joined the SAR, I had no idea that someday I would be serving you in this position. Billie and I want to express our gratitude for your support over ...
  • Worcester marks its role in revolution (September 14th, 2014) — On Sept. 6, 1774, more than 4,600 militia from Worcester and three dozen surrounding towns descended on the county courthouse, forcing the magistrates appointed by the British administration to resign, and effe ...
  • Worcester Revolution of 1774 announces schedule for free September 7th celebration (August 8th, 2014) — Worcester Revolution of 1774 invites you to a free day-long festival of activities celebrating Worcester County's role in starting the American Revolution. The event will take place on September 7, 2014 from 10 ...
  • PG Dooley Visits the Irish Embassy (July 1st, 2014) — PG Dooley Visits the Irish Embassy Staff Writer SAR Magazine Spring 2014, Vol. 108, No. 4, pp. 16-17 Above, President General Joseph W. Dooley meets with Anne Anderson, Ireland’s ambassador to the United ...
  • Dedham man to get belated recognition for service in the Revolution (April 17th, 2014) —

    A Dedham man who marched against the Redcoats during the battles of Lexington and Concord will be honored this Saturday in a hometown ceremony initiated by a descendant from across the country.

    Geo ...

  • Message from the President General (March 16th, 2014) — Compatriots - On behalf of the National Society, I have written letters of support to U.S. Rep. Pete Olson (R-Texas) and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) for bills each is sponsoring in the U.S. House (H.R. 1209 ...
  • Exhibit: The Shot Heard Round the World: April 19, 1775 (January 28th, 2014) — The Shot Heard Round the World: April 19, 1775 Exhibit Open to the public: Friday, April 18 through Sunday, September 21, 2014 (Concord, MA; January 23, 2014) On April 30, 1775, Concord’s minister William Eme ...
  • Operation Ancestry Search Seeks State, Local Committee Members (December 18th, 2013) — Operation Ancestry Search Seeks State, Local Committee Members By Rick Kincaid, Program Director NSSAR Operation Ancestor Search Operation Ancestor Search (OAS) is a free, NSSAR genealogy training program for w ...
  • The SAR Reaches The Summit (December 8th, 2013) — The SAR Reaches The Summit By Daniel J. Haas Ohio Society On July 15, buses arrived at the Bechtel Summit Reserve delivering the nearly 35,000 Boy Scouts who participated in the 2013 National Scout Jamboree. Th ...
  • Move over, Lexington and Concord: Worcester took first stand in Revolution (December 5th, 2013) — Move over, Lexington and Concord: Worcester took first stand in Revolution By Bronislaus B. Kush Telegram & Gazette 12 December 2013 Members of the Sons of the American Revolution march in the opening proc ...
  • Interview with Representative Michael N. Castle of the Delaware Society (October 15th, 2013) — An Interview with Representative Michael N. Castle of the Delaware Society By Timothy R Bennett, Chairman Congressional and Governmental Relations Committee Sons of the American Revolution The fifth in a series ...
  • Fulfilling the Mission (September 3rd, 2013) —

    I am humbled, grateful and honored to have been elected as President General for 2013-14. I pledge to you all that I will dedicate my life this year to fulfilling the mission of the Sons of the American Re ...

  • Join the Massachusetts Society (July 3rd, 2013) — Over the past decade, many who have attended a patriotic rally may have had the pleasure of seeing and hearing from an imposing six-foot, six-inch man dressed in revolutionary garb while delivering a message ab ...
  • Congress 2013: Kansas City Full of Discoveries (June 9th, 2013) — Kansas City Full of Discoveries Staff Writer SAR Magazine Delegates and guests of the Kansas City congress will find a bustling, thriving atmosphere in downtown Kansas City few Revolutionary War patriots travel ...
  • Campaign for Historic Photos of the Revolutionary War Generation (May 26th, 2013) — Maureen Taylor and Verissima Productions Launch Fundraising Campaign for Historical Documentary Featuring Historic Photos of the Revolutionary War Generation A Kickstarter campaign to raise monies for productio ...
  • Proclamation for Memorial Day (May 22nd, 2013) — Proclamation for Memorial Day By Stephen A. Leishman President General (2012-2013) May 27, 2013 Memorial Day, originally known as Decoration Day began as a way to honor those lost while fighting in the Civil Wa ...
  • Commander’s Dispatch (May 3rd, 2013) — As we roll out the seventh SAR Color Guardsman, I hope each of you is doing well. Thank you to all who contributed articles and pictures to make this communication piece a success. Please continue to submit inf ...
  • Famous Compatriots (April 17th, 2013) — Famous Compatriots Throughout its 120-year history, SAR has admitted more than 170,000 members. Among them are 16 Presidents of the United States, including Rutherford B. Hayes, Benjamin Harrison, William McKin ...
  • New England’s Hans Jackson is National President of CAR (March 10th, 2013) — Hans E. Jackson: Elected N.S.C.A.R. Senior National President By Larry McKinley Hans Jackson with Daughter Erin Hans E. Jackson is breaking new ground as the first SAR member elected as the Senior National Pres ...
  • Massachusetts Color Guard Showcases Fall Events (March 2nd, 2013) — Massachusetts Color Guard Showcases Fall Events Yorktown Celebration From left, David Conkling, Pastor Garrett Lear, Allan Van Wert, John Cunningham, Vern Thayer, Charles O. Kingsbury, Henry Curtis, Commander S ...
  • An Interview with Compatriot Senator Charles E Grassley of the Iowa Society (January 21st, 2013) — An Interview with Compatriot Senator Charles E Grassley of the Iowa Society By Timothy R Bennett, Chairman and Andrew M Johnson, Recorder Congressional and Governmental Relations Committee The Congressional and ...
  • A Visit With Compatriot Congressman Howard Coble Of North Carolina (December 23rd, 2012) — A Visit With Compatriot Congressman Howard Coble Of North Carolina by Timothy R Bennett, Chairman Congressional and Governmental Relations Committee This is the second in a series of interviews with members of ...
  • New Patriot Search Database Now Available Online (October 1st, 2012) — New Patriot Search Database Now Available Online By Michael L. Keen (DESSAR), Chairman, and Del B. White (KYSSAR), Vice Chairman On January 4, the Patriot Index & Revolutionary War Graves Register Committe ...
  • SAR to Celebrate the 225th Anniversary of the U.S. Constitution (August 26th, 2012) — SAR to Celebrate the 225th Anniversary of the U.S. Constitution Gala Event in Philadelphia September 14-15 The contracts have been signed, a permit has been issued and the SAR is set to observe the 225th annive ...
  • The Invention of the Fourth of July (July 1st, 2012) — The Invention of the Fourth of July by David Waldstreicher Professor of History, Temple University The Fourth of July, or Independence Day, as it has come to be known, is perhaps the most and the least American ...
  • Great day for Bunker Hill Day Parade (June 19th, 2012) — Great day for Bunker Hill Day Parade June 17, 2012, (Boston Globe) By Evan Allen Blue skies greeted parade-goers in Charlestown on Sunday, as hundreds turned out for the annual Battle of Bunker Hill parade.  ...
  • Henshaw Chapter honors 70-year Member and WWII Hero (June 15th, 2012) — WWII pilot has Revolutionary roots Karl Briel feted for service, dedication By Nancy Sheehan Worcester Telegram and Gazette Sunday, March 18, 2012 There were no reliable maps, no radio navigation beacons and al ...
  • Interview with Compatriot Senator Wicker of Mississipi (June 8th, 2012) — Interview with Compatriot and Senator Roger F Wicker of Mississippi Compatriots of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (NSSAR) met with US Senator Roger Wicker on 4 February 2009 as a pa ...
  • A History of the Center for Advancing America’s Heritage and The SAR Foundation (May 19th, 2012) — A History of the Center for Advancing America’s Heritage and The SAR Foundation The Trustees of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution recognized over a decade ago the need for increased ...
  • Phoenix Welcomes the 122nd Annual National Congress (April 21st, 2012) — Phoenix Welcomes the 122nd Annual National Congress The Arizona and new Mexico societies invite you to Phoenix for the 122nd annual National Congress, July 7-11, 2012. If you have never been to Arizona or new M ...
  • An Interview with Compatriot U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt (March 25th, 2012) — An Interview with Compatriot U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt By Timothy R. Bennett, Past Chairman Congressional and Governmental Relations Committee The ninth in a series of interviews with Congressional SAR members focuse ...
  • Korean War veteran's Massachusetts family gets lost medal (March 11th, 2012) — Korean War veteran’s Massachusetts family gets lost medal By Bridget Murphy, New York Times (18 February 2012) Lexington, Mass. (AP) – Connie Hadley Bachman’s phone rang recently, and a strang ...
  • The SAR Commemorates the Constitution’s 225th Anniversary (March 2nd, 2012) — The SAR Commemorates the Constitution’s 225th Anniversary By William Allerton III, Chairman, NSSAR Government Relations Committee and President, SAR Foundation In the National Archives’ Rotunda for the Char ...
  • Interview with Senator Richard Lugar (February 3rd, 2012) — Interview with Senator Richard Lugar B Timothy R. Bennett, Congressional And Governmental Relations Committee Our interview with Senator Richard Lugar was completed on May 23, 2011. The members of the Congressi ...
  • German Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (January 21st, 2012) — By Stephen Renouf The Germany Society of the Sons of the American Revolution is leading an SAR delegation to Germany to honor the service of the Germans who assisted in the American Revolution, specifically the ...
  • JL Bell to Speak at Boston Chapter Meeting (January 8th, 2012) — Special Meeting with our Board of Managers The Boston Old Colony Chapter invites all members and those interested in membership to the society to a special state-wide meeting with our Board of Managers on Satur ...
  • The SAR’s New Royal Members (December 23rd, 2011) — The SAR’s New Royal Members By Judge Ed Butler, President General (2009 – 2010) For many years, the NSSAR has been blessed with royal members, such as His Royal Highness Juan Carlos, King of Spain and H ...
  • New SAR Member: Major General Patrick Brady (December 1st, 2011) — Recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor By Joseph W. Dooley, Treasurer General On Saturday, Jan. 6, 1968, wounded allies lay in an area that was blanketed by dense fog near Chu Lai in the Republic of Viet ...
  • Archive Established for the Massachusetts Society (November 24th, 2011) — Archive Established for the Massachusetts Society The renown New England Historical and Genealogical Society (NEHGS) now holds the genealogies, minutes, and documents of the Society from our beginnings in 1889 ...
  • Compatriot Senator Scott Brown on Veterans Day (November 11th, 2011) — Compatriot Senator Scott Brown on Veterans Day November 11, 2011 Veterans Day Senator Scott Brown released the following video message honoring America’s heroes, the veterans of the United States military ...
  • Blue Water Patriots: Birth of the U.S. Marine Corps (November 10th, 2011) — Blue Water Patriots: Birth of the U.S. Marine Corps Nov 10, 1775 During the American Revolution, the Continental Congress passes a resolution stating that “two Battalions of Marines be raised” for s ...
  • Revolutionary War Patriot Honored In Conway, MA (September 15th, 2011) — Revolutionary War Patriot Honored In Conway, MA Edward Thayer (1764-1827) Received New Gravestone On a very warm Saturday, August 20, 2011, the descendants of Edward Thayer (1764-1827), civic leaders, and local ...
  • JMC Constitution Day Initiative (September 4th, 2011) — JMC Constitution Day Initiative Proposal Guidelines The Jack Miller Center (JMC) in partnership with leading universities and colleges across the United States has launched a new Constitution Day Initiative to ...
  • Independence Forever: Why America Celebrates the Fourth of July (July 1st, 2011) — Originally Published on June 28, 2007 by Matthew Spalding, Ph.D First Principles Series Report The Fourth of July is a great opportunity to renew our dedication to the principles of liberty and equality enshrin ...
  • An Interview with Compatriot U.S. Representative Todd Akin of the Missouri Society (June 25th, 2011) — By Timothy Read Bennett, Past ChairmanNSSAR Congressional and Governmental Relations Committee This interview, with Compatriot U.S. Representative Todd Akin (R-Mo.), is the 10th in a series of interviews with C ...
  • Memorial Day Ceremony Proclamation (May 22nd, 2011) — National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution May 30,2011 Today marks the forty-fifth anniversary of the official birthday of Memorial Day, as signed into law in May 1966 by President Lyndon B. Johnso ...
  • Dedham Man Keeping Revolutionary War History Alive in 21st Century (May 3rd, 2011) — by Scott Heald The Dedham Times [Editor’s Note: Even though Massachusetts has long been known as the Cradle of Liberty due to its central role in the Revolutionary War, it is all too easy to forget the events ...
  • In a first for North Bridge, 50 to join nation’s ranks (April 19th, 2011) — A region steeped in American Revolution’s history keeps patriotism alive with observances old and new. April 14, 2011 – By Jose Martinez, Globe Correspondent Danyeun Kim-Weaver can’t wait to vote. ...
  • 2011 National Congress (April 9th, 2011) — The 121st Congress will be held in the “Twin City” of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, July 8-13. Come join us as we celebrate the Centennial Celebration of the North Carolina Society which was establ ...
  • Over 5,000 become citizens at Fenway (March 27th, 2011) — Number sworn in a record for Mass. The Boston Globe As he recited the Pledge of Allegiance, the 36-year-old recent immigrant from Ghana stood ramrod, unblinking as he gazed at the American flag, his hand firmly ...
  • Last WWI Veteran Dies (March 27th, 2011) — Compatriot Frank Buckles, the last living American World War I veteran and the subject of the cover story of the current SAR Magazine, died peacefully at his Charleston, West Virginia, home on Sunday, February ...
  • How to Fold an American Flag (February 14th, 2019) — From ...
  • When and How to Display the U.S. Flag (June 19th, 2018) — Long may Old Glory wave by David Johnson InfoPlease.com The United States Flag Code stipulates that as the symbol of a living country, the flag is considered in itself a living thing and should be properly disp ...
  • Guide to Patriotic Symbols (July 15th, 2013) — Guide to Patriotic Symbols By the United State Citizen Information Service The United States has enjoyed a rich and storied history which dates back to the late 1700’s. Men like Benjamin Franklin, George ...
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