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Upcoming Meetings and Events

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        



Welcome

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


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