About The MESSAR

Upcoming Meetings and Events

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 Benedict Arnold Trail Chapter

Saturday, March 2, 2019, Member Event hosted by the Margaretta Chapter

Saturday, May 18, 2019, Annual Meeting and Member Event hosted by the Benedict Arnold Trail Chapter

Saturday, September 21, 2019, Member Event hosted by the Southern Maine Chapter        

Recent Awards Presented


The Maine Sons of the American Revolution recently presented an award to Paige Davis, a student at Lake Region High School, wrote this year's Maine SAR Contest winning essay, "Women of the Revolution". As the women attending the SAR luncheon listened to Paige read her essay, many could imagine what might have been their stories and experiences if we were all back 242 years. Paige is a straight A honor student as well as a participant in three sports-field hockey, lacrosse, and alpine skiing. She also coaches a travel field hockey team of middle schoolers. Although Paige still has two more high school years to finish, she's already looking ahead to college and medical school. "My dream is to have an impact on someone's life, and I know that I can accomplish that dream through Pediatric Oncology"


Joshua Libby is this year's winner of the Eagle Scout Contest for the State of Maine. He's a very accomplished young man who has been active in troop 805 in Windham, Maine, having held eight different troop leadership positions, earned 47 merit badges, participated in many major trips such as Allagash canoing, Appalachian hiking, and ocean sailing, as well as working at Boy Scout Camp. Some of Josh's other contributions to his community include working for Windham Summerfest, helping at a religious camp, participating in school honor societies, and building a website for a non-profit organization. Joshua's winning application will now be judged at the national level to see if he will share in the $20,000 that goes to the top three finishers.

New membersige

New members inducted at the March 4, 2017 meeting. The names left to right are Jack Coffin from Islesboro, Craig Hawkins and his son Matthew from Yarmouth, and Dana Perkins who transferred his membership from Missouri to Maine. He and his wife Dena live in Brewer now.


About the Maine Society SAR

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

Steven Clark

Our key note speaker for the March 4th event was Stephen Clark. Clark is a native of the Waterville area. His family came from Sidney, his grandfather operated a coal and oil company in Waterville, and his father owned a wholesale heating equipment business. Steve graduated from Waterville High School, '55, MCI, '56, and has a BA degree from the University of Maine. He taught and coached at Waterville High for 18 years, and later was employed at Kennebec Valley Community College as a school to work coordinator. He is an ardent conservationist and was one of the leaders of the Bigelow Mountain Preserve effort in 1978. He raised his family of four children at the Thomas Rice Home (built in 1797) in Winslow. He currently resides in Scarborough. Steve is the current Secretary and a past president of the Arnold Expedition Historical Society. He is the author of several books, including The Guide to Baxter Park and Katahdin, and the historical guide to the 1775 Quebec Expedition, entitled, Following Their Footsteps. He has written articles on hiking and canoeing within Maine. Steve has been connected with the Appalachian Trail Project for most of his life, and is a past-president as well as the editor of the Guide to the Appalachian Trail in Maine for 16 years.