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Among the thousands of historical documents in the SAR Archives is the Congressional Charter of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution signed by President Theodore Roosevelt, a SAR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


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.