This is the SAR crew at the Burnham Tavern, one of the oldest building in Eastern Maine having been built in 1770. It was here that Jeremiah O"Brien and his cohorts planned the capture of the British ship Margaretta.
This was the laying of the wreath to honor the rebels who captured the British ship Margaretta, in what was to be the first naval battle of the American Revolution.
Doug Wood, SAR Vice President for the New England Region, presenting an SAR medal to the woman who is the main force behind the success of Margaretta Days in Machias, Maine every June.
Wayne and Sonia Mallar gave a presentation of typical clothing used in the colonies at the time of the Revolution. This is evening wear to help ward of the cold drafts while relaxing in the home.
Sonia showed how the women used many layers to adjust to the different situations encountered during the day, and during the changing seasons.
Members of the MESSAR Colour Guard marching in the Margaretta Days Parade
In the works for 2016 is the addition of another new as-yet-to-be-named Chapter in the Central Maine/Augusta-based area. Notices will be out soon about initial meetings: look for them in Email and Snail Mail.
As this new chapter comes on-line the "hosting" of our Member Events will be turned over to each chapter in turn. Additionally, in rotation, the chapters will also host the Annual Meeting as part of this process. By doing this each chapter will have an opportunity to showcase their local geography, events, accomplishments, and members. All members of the Maine Society SAR will be invited to all events no matter any Chapter affiliation. A letter of explanation about chapters will be sent to all paid members of MESSAR before the end of May, 2016. The Member Events will rotate between the Southern Maine Chapter, the as-yet-to-be-named Central/Augusta Chapter and the Margaretta Chapter. Each of the chapters will "host" one member event each year. One of these three Member Events also will be the Annual Meeting again hosted in rotation.
As such, the Maine Society SAR announces the following Member Events and Annual Meetings for the next 2 years with further detail to be sent prior to each event. Mark your calendars with the dates now.
Saturday, September 24, 2016, Member Event hosted by the Southern Maine Chapter.
Saturday, March 4, 2017, Member Event hosted by the as-yet-to-be-named Central/Augusta Chapter
Saturday, May 20, 2017, Annual Meeting and Member Event hosted by the Margaretta chapter
Saturday, September 23, 2017, Member Event hosted by the Margaretta chapter
Saturday, March 3, 2018, Member Event hosted by the Southern Maine Chapter
Saturday, May 19, 2018, Annual Meeting and Member Event hosted by the Southern Maine Chapter
Saturday, September 22, 2018, Member Event hosted by the as-yet-to-be-named Central/Augusta Chapter
The Maine Sons of the American Revolution recently presented an award to Gordon McCulloh, the state winner of the SAR Essay Contest for the 2015 contest year. He is now entered in the national contest, whose winner will be announced the second week in July at the 126th Annual National Congress in Boston. The national winner will receive a $6000 cash award. This contest is open to any high school student. The entry consists of an written essay on any patriot topic related to the American Revolution era. Gordon explained how the Colonial's rugged individualism and the formation of a balance of power type government was to give birth to the American Democracy. Gordon, who lives in Kennebunk, has been going to school in Limestone,ME at the Maine School of Science and Mathematics, and will be at the Air Force Academy in Colorado next year. Gordon is shown receiving a map of the Revolutionary War from David Manchester, Vice President of the Southern Maine Chapter of the Maine SAR. Also included is a cash award.
The Maine Sons of the American Revolution recently presented an award to Eagle Scout Collin Jones, the state winner of the SAR Eagle Scout Contest for the 2015 contest year. He is now entered in the national contest, whose winners will be announced the second week in July at the 126th Annual National Congress in Boston. The first three places will receive a total of $20,000. The contest required a complete record of the boy's leadership service for his years in the scouting program as he earned his way all the way to eagle, his leadership and service to his school,community, and church, a genealogy chart of his family, and a written essay about a Revolutionary topic. Collins was about women in the Revolutionary War. Collin, whose parents are Carol and Trevor Jones, lives in Gorham, and will be attending RPI(Rensselaer) in New York next year. Collin is shown receiving the SAR Eagle Scout certificate from David Manchester, member of the Southern Maine Chapter Maine SAR. The award included an Eagle statue, cash, maps of the Revolutionary War, and a solid silver American Eagle one ounce coin.Click here To read about a local MESSAR Chapter in the news!
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