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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 Annual Congress of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution is a time-honored tradition started at its founding in 1889. Not to be confused with the United States Congress, this national meeting is named after the original Continental Congress which governed the American Colonies during the Revolutionary War.

Leaders from the national and state societies, with members from across the United State and Europe, meet for a week in early July to report on the year’s work, honor outstanding award recipients, plan future initiatives, and reconnect with friends. There are hundreds in attendance to represent our 30,000 members within the 50 states and international locations.

Since its founding, the SAR has promoted historic preservation, education and patriotism. and these objectives are reflected in all of the events of the Annual Congress. The week-long convention consists of business sessions, committee meetings, social functions, and is capped with formal evening to induct newly-elected national officers. The schedule typically follows the outline below with minor variation.

General Schedule

Friday Registration and Credentialing
Executive Committee Meeting
Foundation Board Meeting
Ladies Hospitality
Local tours of prominent sites (optional)
Genealogy Seminar
Volunteer Appreciation
Saturday Registration and Credentialing
Ladies Hospitality
Local tours of prominent sites (optional)
Host Society Reception (Late Afternoon)
Rumbaugh Oration Semi-Finals
Sunday Registration and Credentialing
Color Guard Breakfast
Ladies Hospitality
National Committee Meetings
New Attendee Orientation
First Lady’s Tea
Meeting of the National Trustees
Color Guard Review
Memorial Service
Rumbaught Oration Finals
Monday Registration and Credentialing
Council of State Presidents Breakfast
Ladies Hospitality
Opening Session of Congress
Youth Awards Presentation Luncheon
Afternoon Session of Congress
Ladies Auxiliary Board Meeting
Minute Man Induction
Awards and Recognitions
Tuesday Registration and Credentialing
Breakfasts of the District Societies
Ladies Hospitality
General Business Session
Lady’s Luncheon, Presentation/Tour
Election of General Officers
Lectures and National Committee Meetings
President General’s Banquet
Wednesday Breakfast Meetings
Ladies Hospitality
Final Session of Congress
Election of Vice President Generals and National Trustees
Local tours of prominent sites (optional)
Induction Banquet
Thursday Executive Committee Meeting
Foundation Board Meeting
Local tours of prominent sites (optional)

Orientation

When you arrive at the hotel and check in, head to the Registration Desk for your information packet. Look for the message board with announcements, updates on meetings and more. (Delegates also should proceed to credentialing to be verified as delegates.)   Familiarize yourself with the location and layout of the meeting rooms for the general sessions, awards night, and banquets. Examine the meeting schedules listed in the program of the packet you received at the Registration Desk.

Plan to attend the New Attendees Orientation scheduled for Sunday morning. It is opportunity to hear what is happening at congress and to ask questions. Several of the national officers and staff attend to introduce themselves.

Delegates

If you are a delegate, ensure you are listed on your state society’s credential sheet and have paid the registration fee. You are not a delegate without having paid the fee.

Attire

Below is the appropriate attire for the events of congress:

Men Ladies Special
Tours Comfortable Clothes – walking involved Comfortable Clothes – walking involved
Host Reception Daytime dress, Polo Shirt and slacks Daytime dress, Slacks or capris
Color Guard Breakfast Uniform or blazer and tie Colonial Dress or Daytime dress, pants suit or suit
Memorial Service Uniform or blazer and tie Colonial Dress or Daytime dress, pants suit or suit
First Lady’s Tea N/A Colonial Dress or Daytime dress, pants suit or suit (Hats Optional)
Rumbaugh Orations Finals Daytime dress, Polo Shirt and slacks Daytime dress, Slacks or capris
General Session Coat and Tie Daytime dress, pants suit or suit
Youth Luncheon Coat and Tie Daytime dress, pants suit or suit
Minuteman/ Awards Night Coat and Tie Daytime dress, Pants suit or suit Minutemen wear white dinner jacket, black tie. New inductees wear no insignia
Breakfasts/George Washington Fellows & VPGs Luncheon Coat and Tie Daytime dress, Pants suit or suit
General Sessions Coat and Tie Daytime dress, Pants suit or suit
Ladies Luncheon N/A Daytime dress, Pants suit or suit (Hats optional)
President General’s Banquet Black or white dinner jacket with decorations or Continental Uniform Colonial Period Attire or Long Formal Gowns
General Session Coat and Tie Daytime dress, Pants suit or suit
Tours Comfortable Clothes- walking involved Comfortable Clothes- walking involved
Installation Banquet Tails, white dinner jacket with decorations, Black Tuxedo or Continental Uniform Colonial Period Attire or Long Formal Gowns Former President Generals, and newly elected General Officers and Vice President Generals, wear full dress with white tie/gloves/tails
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