About The MESSAR
NEW: Download our latest report of Nov 1, 2014
Upcoming Meetings and Events
When: Saturday, April 11, 2015
Where: Clarion Hotel - Portland 1230 Congress St. Portland, ME 04102
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- 9:00AM: Coffee/Check-In
- 9:25AM: Annual Meeting
- 11:00AM: Presentation Clark Whelton "10 Miracles that Saved America": the Revolution.
- 12:10PM Buffet Lunch
- 1:30PM: MESSAR Group Event: Visit to Portland Landmark Observatory. Since 1807, the Portland Observatory has offered spectacular views of Portland's busy harbor and served as a beloved symbol of the city's rich maritime heritage. Named a National Historic Landmark in 2006, the Portland Observatory is the only known remaining historic wooden maritime signal tower in the United States. Especially opened this date for MESSAR it is said you can see Mt Washington on a clear day.
- Cost: $20.95 per person (includes Observatory visit)
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.
A message from our President
Welcome to the Maine Society SAR
Please make sure to read the Maine SAR New England report that was presented at the meeting November 1, 2014 in Connecticut. This report, which also includes Paul Salisbury's account of the Maine SAR Color Guard, gives a good review of the Maine Society activities for 2014.
A dozen new member applications were sent to national during the last week of October; congratulations to Jeff Williams, our newest member, whose approval was just announced.
Court Dwyer and I are currently working on more than a half dozen applications; the exact number will depend on the number of sons and grandsons who want to be included.
In addition to the excitement of new membership and the prospect of entertaining, knowledgeable speakers at our luncheon meetings, we have some unique events scheduled in the coming 2015 year that should prove very well worth attending.
Saturday, April 11, 2015, Annual meeting and luncheon in Portland.
Sunday and Monday, April 19-20, 2015 Massachusetts Society Patriots' Day at Concord with National SAR President Lindsey Brock attending.
Monday, April 27, 2015, New Hampshire Society Annual Stark Day Celebration in Manchester NH and Dunbarton, NH.
Saturday, June 13, 2015, Maine Society Margaretta Day in Machias. Doug Wood, the New England Vice President, is planning to have Color Guard members from all the New England states participate in the parade and ceremonies.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015, the ship L'Hermione, will be stopping at Castine for a visit before going to Halifax, Nova Scotia, and then back to France. This is a replica of the original 1779 frigate that transported Gilbert du Motier, Major General the Marquis de La Fayette, back to America from France in the spring of 1780.
Friday, June 26 to Wednesday July 1, 2015, the summer National SAR meeting in Louisville, Kentucky.
Please mark these on your calendar so you wont miss them.
Stay tuned for more details.
Yours in Patriotism,
David L. Manchester,
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