About The MESSAR


Opening: The Maine Society Sons Of the American Revolution Board of Managers is looking to fill the position of Chancellor on the State Societies Board of Managers. According to our Constitution and By Laws "The Chancellor should be an attorney-at-law, and shall give opinions on legal matters affecting the Society when such questions are referred to him by the proper officers." The position, depending upon circumstances, might take at the outside 1-3 hours a year. It is specifically titled "Chancellor" and not "Lawyer" or "Attorney" or other legal-sounding attribute so as to indicate it is not responsible for opinions given, but is giving best advice as "a secretary, as to a king or noble or of an embassy", said description from dictionary.com, third definition.

If interested, please contact Court Dwyer Chair of the Nominating Committee at MESSAR@gwi.net


Upcoming Meetings and Events

Saturday, November 10, 2018, Member Event hosted by the Benedict Arnold Trail Chapter. Manchester Grange, 943 Western Ave, Manchester, ME, 9:30AM to 2:00PM

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        


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