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SAR Center Interpretive Plan

Dec 9th, 2016

Sold Light is pleased to present the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) with the Final Plan, the final Planning Phase deliverable for the SAR Exhibit Project.

We have taken your guidance and thoughtful revisions to the previous deliverable to heart, and have spent the last several months working with you to refine our approach to deliver your vision for the SAR Center within your budget goal.

We have paid particular attention to the importance of this work in supporting the SAR's Education Outreach programming. Many of the features you will see in this plan could be used online and in classrooms across the country.

The Interpretive Plan contains the following:

••A revised Visitor Experience, a narrative overview of what visitors will see, experience, and interact with throughout the exhibition;

••Visualizations of the experience based on your feedback;

••Conceptual approaches for each media element, including immersive environments, interactive media, and films, as well as NFC and augmented
reality technology;

••A refined and updated Interpretive Floor Plan.

The SAR Center will have world-class, professionally-designed exhibit areas designed to inspire visitors to value their American citizenship. Visitors, researchers, and scholars will be welcomed to enjoy, study and use the SAR’s collections, artifacts, and exhibits space. When completed, the Center will become one of the SAR’s most important gifts to.... (to read more please visit and login to the SAR site)

Happy Anniversary!

The SAR commemorates the 225th Anniversary, of our First President. 

Washington Pin The first inauguration of George Washington as the first president of the United States took place on April 30, 1789.

The inauguration marked the commencement of the first four-year term of George Washington as president. Sworn in by Chancellor of New York Robert Livingston during this first presidential inauguration, Washington became the first president of the United States following the ratification of the Constitution.

The first presidential term started on March 4, 1789. Following the ratification of the Constitution by the required nine states, that date had been set by the Congress of the Confederation for the beginning of the operations of the new government under the Constitution of the United States. On that date, the House of Representatives and the Senate assembled, but both convened without a quorum. The House of Representatives first achieved a quorum on April 1, when it elected its officers. The Senate first achieved a quorum and elected its officers on April 6. Also on April 6 the House and Senate met in joint session, and the electoral votes were counted. Washington and Adams were respectively declared elected president and vice president, and the results of the count were subsequently published in the journals of Congress.

On April 30, 1789, the inaugural ceremony took place on the balcony of Federal Hall in New York City, then the first US Capitol and the first site where the 1st United States Congress met.

Since nearly first light a crowd of people had begun to gather around Washington's home, and at noon they made their way to Federal Hall by way of Queen Street and Great Dock (both now Pearl Street) and Broad Street. Washington dressed in an American-made dark brown suit with white silk stockings and silver shoe buckles; he also wore a steel-hilted sword.

Upon his arrival at Federal Hall, Washington was formally introduced to the House and Senate in the then Senate chamber, after which already sworn-in Vice President John Adams announced it time for the inauguration. Washington moved to the second-floor balcony where he took the presidential oath of office, administered by Chancellor of New York Robert Livingston in view of throngs of people gathered on the streets. The Bible used in the ceremony was from St. John's Masonic Lodge No.1, and due to haste, it was opened at random to Genesis 49:13. Livingston shouted "Long live George Washington, President of the United States!" to the crowd, which was replied to with cheers and a 13 gun salute. The first inaugural address was subsequently delivered by Washington in the Senate chamber running 1419 words in length.

At this time there were no inaugural balls for the day of the ceremony, though a week later on May 7 a ball was held in New York to honor the first president.

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The SAR is a "lineage" society. This means that each member has traced their family tree back to a point of having an ancestor who supported the cause of American Independence during the years 1774-1783.