About The MESSAR

Upcoming Meetings and Events

Next event: Margaretta Parade

When: Saturday, June 13th, 2015


Next meeting: 125th Annual Congress in Louisville, KY

When: June 27-July 2, 2015

Members who plan to attend must contact the secretary before May 30, 2015, so that he can notify National of the delegates attending. The secretary's e-mail address is: MESSAR@gwi.net


Important event: L'Hermoine Day

When: July 14, 15, 16, 2015

For information please contact President Dave Manchester  

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 Annual Report

February 2014 to April 2015


February 22, 2014 Washington's birthday meeting and luncheon, Augusta. (BOM and members) Speaker: Robert Bernheim; "Germans (Hessians in the Revolutionary War

March 29, 2014 New England SAR meeting in Vermont.

April 12, 2014 Annual state meeting and luncheon in Portland. (BOM and members) Speaker: James Nelson; "Benedict Arnold, Naval Battles, and Saratoga"

July 2014 National SAR summer meeting, called the 124th Congress, in Greenville, South Carolina

August 9 & 10, 2014 (Saturday and Sunday) Two BOM meetings, Windham and Bangor

September 20, 2014 Meeting and luncheon, Augusta (BOM and members) Speaker: Dan Tortora; "Fort Halifax"

November 1, 2014 New England SAR meeting in Wethersfield, Connecticut

February 21, 2015 George Washington meeting and luncheon, Augusta. (BOM and members) Speaker: Robert Bernheim; "General Von Steuben"

March 21, 2015 New England SAR meeting in Portsmouth, NH

April 11, 2015 Annual state meeting and luncheon, Portland. Speaker: Clark Whelton; "George Washington and the Hand of Providence: Ten Miracles that Saved America"


New Members

Herbert Foster Jr. (inducted in early 2014)        Ian Vogel

Stanley Ward (inducted in early 2014)        Brian Vogel

Jeffery Williams                Justin Vogel

Harry C. Whelden Jr.        Joshua Vogel, and his children:

Harry Crossman Whelden III        Andrew Vogel

Howard C. Whelden        Nikolaus Vogel

Harry C. Whelden IV        Nathan Vogel

Howard C. Whelden Jr.        Lucas Vogel

Ernest Packard

Robert Packard

Clark Whelton

Prospective Members (whose applications are at the national office to be approved)

Mike Marshall

Schneider family (3)

McLean family (5)


As of April 11, 2015, the Maine SAR membership stands at 184.

Medals and Awards

Wayne Mallar presented seven JROTC and two ROTC SAR awards.

March 9th, Dave Manchester presented an SAR award to Naval Sea Cadet Isaac Herman at the Cadet annual inspection in South Portland.

A lot of Boy Scout Eagle scholarship information was presented to leaders and boys; however, none chose to participater this year.

Maine SAR Chapters

The Margaretta Chapter is the first chapter to be formed in Maine. Members have already held three meetings in Bangor.

The Cumberland/York counties region of the state has held one meeting for chapter information. The second was almost completely snowed out, so we hope to get the required seven members and select a chapter name at the next meeting.

Color Guard

Paul Salisbury commandered the Maine SAR Color Guard through these events:

March 1, 2014         Posting of the colors at the C.A.R. meeting in Auburn

June 7, 2014        Led the parade for the Gouldsboro 225th anniversary celebration

June 28, 2014        Backwoods gravesite ceremony for Patriot Jacob Leeman in Abbot

July 26, 2014        Color guard and wreath for the Henry Knox service in Thomaston

November 11, 2014        Participation and wreath for patriot and other veterans' graves dedication in North Yarmouth

Paul says the color guard is looking forward to participating in Margaretta Days, L'Hermione Days, and the Henry Knox ceremony this summer as well as other patriot and veteran services

Other Business

Approval for Court Dwyer to develop and have printed a tri-fold brochure with color pictures.

Presentation regarding the policies of the Veterans  Administration pertaining to veterans' headstones. They provide very little.

Voted to require only seven members for establishing a chapter.

Approved the Margaretta Chapter SAR, the first Maine chapter.

Dave Getchell and Court Dwyer have obtained and placed on the MESSAR website a listing of all available patriot ancestors of current Maine Society members.

Increased the Maine Society dues from ten to fifteen dollars.

Storage of our historic records to be moved from the Maine Historical Society in Portland to the Maine State Library in Augusta.

Lance Weddell chaired the nominating process for the slate of board members and officers.

The Boy Scout Executive Director, Eric Tarbox, has placed the SAR scholarship information onto the Scout Facebook page.

Court Dwyer requested proposals regarding events from twenty area businesses for our April annual meeting. He evaluated the few that replied to us.

Member Adam Bartow still provides adult leadership with the C.A.R.

Dave Getchell is getting us into compliance with state level non-profit requirements.

Voted for the treasurer to open a Capital One 360 account for the society’s funds which are approximately $30,000.

Each member should provide for the Maine Society and the National President, Lindsey Brock, a two page written biographical account of his Revolutionary Patriot.


Respectfully submitted,

David L. Manchester, President, MESSAR