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The SAR Center for Advancing America's Heritage is an educational resource for addressing our community's historical illiteracy. Where our students nationwide continue to perform in regards to knowledge of our countries history at the lowest levels in 50 years, we are best positioned to address these deficiencies and impact them through The SAR Center for Advancing America's Heritage.

In Jefferson County alone, we have served over 9,000 children while helping teachers improve American History instruction, raising students' historical literacy and imparting the lessons of the nation's founders regarding civic duty. The SAR also recently received funding to address these same issues in school districts of Eastern Kentucky and Appalachia.

Through many of our outreach programs, the youth of this nation are being inspired by the founders' examples of civic duty.

Across the country, some of our most active programs are targeted to our future leaders, children and educators. Some examples include the SAR's Eagle Scout and ROTC programs, The Americanism Elementary School Poster Contest, The George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Contest, and the Tom & Betty Lawrence American History Teacher Award, just to name a few. SAR also provides resources and curriculum assistance for teachers across the country.

Completed in 2011, the SAR Genealogical Research Library in Louisville, Kentucky houses over 50,000 family and founding documents. Our museum is home to many historical items ensuring that our Revolutionary War legacy remains in the public forum and in classrooms across America.

SAR's leadership to preserve our founding documents and create a National Archives is well established. By preserving our precious American Heritage, we ensure that future generations know the inestimable blessings of being an American

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.