About The MESSAR


Compatriots and visitors, Thank you for visiting the website of the Maine State Society Sons of the American Revolution. I hope this means you have an interest in the history of the United States and our heritage. It is an honor to serve as the Maine State President as we strive to honor our ancestors, preserve our history, and promote patriotism.

These are certainly very unusual times as we navigate a world with ongoing and changing restrictions and limits, but that does not mean we cannot be active! The Maine Sons strive to be active in our communities through all times, whether that is in person or remotely and we are committed to this endeavor, believing that patriotism, education, and preservation of history are timeless ideals.

As we move forward, I have some goals for our society. First is to grow our membership. I am setting a goal of a 10% increase each year and challenge each chapter in Maine to exceed that number! If you are a visitor to our group, I encourage you to reach out to one of our local chapters based in Portland, Augusta and Bangor. You can find contact information on the MESSAR Chapters page of this website!

Second, I urge Maine members to get active in our communities. I am challenging Maine SAR to log 800 hours of community volunteer time each year. That breaks down to only about 5 hours per member - but it cannot include business meetings, unless you are doing a service project. Already this year - even with a pandemic! - members have sent notes of support and encouragement to veterans homes and first responders and participated in commemorative events. Members - track your volunteer hours and send them to me!

Finally, we need to promote SAR beyond our own organization. This will help with recruiting new members and also to increase our visibility and impact. I challenge each chapter in Maine to get 10 mentions in the media over the next two years. This can be newspaper, radio, TV, social media (that reaches a broader audience and is not one of our own platforms) or website. Keep copies or links to any coverage and provide them to me so we can all enjoy the recognition! If you don't already, be sure to join and follow us on Facebook - just look for Maine Society Sons of the American Revolution (MESSAR).

It is a joy and an honor to lead this organization and I pledge to dedicate myself to the promotion and success of SAR in Maine as we reaffirm our faith in the principles of liberty and our Constitutional Republic.

Adam W. Bartow
President, Maine State Society
Sons of the American Revolution


Upcoming Meetings and Events

Benedict Arnold Trail Chapter Members and Out of state Maine Members with No Chapter Listed

Will meet on the FIRST WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH at 10AM at the Manchester Grange, 943 Western Avenue, Manchester, Maine.

The room is set up adequately for social distancing and mask wearing is optional. Any questions please contact chapter president Jeff Williams or e-mail: jwill27@roadrunner.com  

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