About The MESSAR

Upcoming Meetings and Events


Next Chapter Meeting: The Southern Maine Chapter SAR will be having a meeting at the Baxter Memorial Library in Gorham

When: Tuesday September 15, 2015 at 9:30AM


Next State Meeting: The Fall meeting will be in Augusta at the Senator Inn

When: Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 9:15 AM


The Maine Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (MESSAR) is the state affiliate for the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (NSSAR). It was organized in Portland in 1891. The preliminary meeting was held February 21; a proposed Constitution and By-Laws were presented for consideration February 28, and were adopted March 14. The election of officers followed March 28.

Any man shall be eligible for membership in the Maine Society Sons of the American Revolution who: Being of the age of eighteen years or over and a citizen of good repute in the community, is the lineal descendant of an ancestor who was at all times unfailing in loyalty to and rendered active service in, the cause of American independence, either as an: officer, soldier, seaman, marine, militiaman or Minuteman, in the armed forces of the Continental Congress, or of any one of the several Colonies or States; or as a Signer of the Declaration of Independence, or as a member of a Committee of Safety or Correspondence; or as a member of any Continental, Provincial, or Colonial Congress or Legislature; or as a recognized patriot who performed actual service by overt acts of resistance to the authority of Great Britain.

Maine's Role In The Revolutionary War

Maine In 1776- At the time of the American Revolution, Maine, not a State until 1820, was part of Massachusetts. Because of Maine's remoteness from the authorities in Boston and the Continental Congress in Philadelphia, the inhabitants received little military support despite the proximity of the British across the border in Canada and constant pressure from the Royal Navy along the coast. Apart from Benedict Arnold's ill-fated expedition to Quebec through the wilderness of western Maine, most military action took place up and down the vulnerable coast.

The memorial above was placed at Valley Forge by the Maine Sons of the American Revolution in the early part of the 20th century.

Please look at some links regarding the Revolutionary War in Maine.

Also visit our Facts page for more information about the Revolutionary War in Maine


President's Report

Maine Society SAR

The Maine Society SAR inducted eight of the seventeen newest members of 2015 into the society at the April luncheon meeting in Portland. The new members include eight of the Vogel family: four adult brothers and four of their young boys.

Before the luncheon the featured speaker, member Clark Whelton, chief speech writer for former NY mayors Ed Koch and Rudy Giuliani, shared accounts of the "close calls" and miracles that saved Washington's men and America. Later, we toured the Portland Observatory, a tower of 103 steps to the top, built by Lemuel Moody in 1807, for his business providing communications regarding the many merchant ships entering Portland harbor.

In June we congratulated five more members whose approvals arrived from national.

Our first chapter, the Margaretta, was presented its charter at the April luncheon, and a second, the Southern Maine Chapter, is being approved as this is being written in June 2015.

The Maine SAR Color Guard leads the Machias, Maine parade every year in June as our way to honor the patriots who captured the British ship Margaretta, the first naval battle of the Rebellion.

The Guard, commanded by Paul Salisbury, always assembles in Thomaston, Maine each July on the Saturday closest to General Henry Knox's birthday, July 25, 1750 for a large, wreath laden event.

Many Maine Society members will be greeting the ship L'Hermione as it enters Castine harbor July 14th to recount the arrival of the flagship of Marquis de Lafayette and his fleet with 5,000 French troops and other aid to the American Revolution in 1780.


Respectfully submitted,

David L. Manchester, President, MESSAR