The SAR Foundation was established in 2000 as the fundraising arm of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. Its first fundraising objective was to lead a capital campaign to build a new library and museum across the street from the National Society’s Headquarters in Louisville, KY. No sooner was this effort underway, the National Society came to the understanding that books and artifacts weren’t the only things requiring preservation, so was our precious American Heritage.
Historical illiteracy deprives students at every level from a basic knowledge and appreciation of our nation’s founding principles. The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution responded by creating the Center for Advancing America’s Heritage to secure the blessings of liberty for future generations and ensure that our children learn the inestimable blessings of being an American. The SAR Center for Advancing America’s Heritage is headquartered in the historic Fulton-Conway Building in the heart of Downtown Louisville’s museum district. The SAR Center includes the SAR Genealogical Research Library that was completed in 2011.
The SAR Genealogical Research Library maintains one of the world’s premier collections on the American Revolution. It features over 60,000 books, periodicals, journals, microfilm and microfiche on the American Revolution that tell the stories of sacrifice and courage of the patriots who won America’s independence. The library also features an outstanding collection of personal papers of George Washington, the Marquis de Lafayette, and a unique collection of the papers of George Rogers Clark, a Patriot of the Revolutionary War who founded the City of Louisville.
Within the Library’s genealogical collection of family histories are the applications for membership from seventeen U.S. Presidents, twenty Medal of Honor recipients, and international members such as Sir Winston Churchill of Great Britain and King Juan Carlos I of Spain.
Among the thousands of historical documents in the SAR Archives is the Congressional Charter of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution signed by President Theodore Roosevelt, a SAR member in the Empire State Society.
Join the Sons of the American Revolution in Advancing America’s Heritage for succeeding generations by keeping alive the stories of our Founding Fathers and the heroes that won America’s Independence. Select naming opportunities are available and individual and corporate donations will be gratefully acknowledged. SAR Foundation is classified by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) educational foundation. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
For more information on the Sons of the American Revolution, visit www.sar.org