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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.

During the American Revolution thousands of women took an active role in both the American and British armies. Many were the wives or daughters of officers or soldiers. These women, who maintained an almost constant presence in military camps, were known as "camp followers." At Stony Point Battlefield, for example, there were 52 women who were captured with the British garrison on the night of July 15, 1779 by the American Corps of Light Infantry. Despite the fact that these women were not considered to be part of the army, they were still included in the list of British prisoners taken at Stony Point. Yet, because women had no military function during the war, their individual names most often were unlisted in the records of the day and are lost to us now. To be sure, women in the revolution went well beyond their traditional roles as dictated by 18th-century society.

Membership Requirements

Membership in a ladies' auxiliary is open to women who are related by marriage or blood line to members in good standing currently or at the time of his death. The organization assists the state society and/or chapter to which which it is affiliated. It holds meetings in accordance with the its schedule.

Become a Member - Share a Bond

Members of the Auxiliary are vibrant, active women who are passionate about community service, preserving history, educating children, as well as honoring and supporting those who serve our nation. Write the Auxiliary for more information.

Objectives

The Ladies' Auxiliary of the Massachusetts Society, like the Massachusetts Society itself, is a patriotic, historical, and educational body to perpetuate the memory of the men and women who, by their services or sacrifices during the war of the American Revolution, achieved the independence of the American people. The auxiliary:


  • Supports the activities of the organization.
  • Participates in projects of the society.
  • Educates the public about our purpose.
  • Sponsors events at conferences and meetings.
  • Enhances the social environment.
  • Participates with other patriotic organizations.
  • Engages the community of women in the society.

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