The SAR Magazine

Winter 2018-2019

The SAR MAGAZINE is the official quarterly publication of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution published quarterly.

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12 SAR MAGAZINE 16 SAR MAGAZINE B y the 2018 Fall Leadership Conference, the SAR Foundation had raised in excess of $550,000 to pay for Phase II, Step 2 * of the build-out of the SAR Education Center and Museum. Because we had this money in hand, the National Trustees voted to move forward. Now we are focused on raising funds for Phase II, Step 3 † , which will cost $780,000. Once this step is finished, we will have more detailed plans for the galleries and exhibits, as well as preliminary content for educational resources, which can be used on-site or in classrooms around the country. Also at the 2018 Fall Leadership Conference, the Rigel family—Dr. Edward Rigel Sr., Edward Rigel Jr., and their DAR wives, Joan and Brandy—challenged the SAR to raise at least $50,000 for the SAR Education Center and Museum. The Rigel family would then match that $50,000 dollar for dollar, giving the SAR at least $100,000 toward Phase II, Step 3 of the build-out of the SAR Education Center and Museum. When asked what inspired the Rigel Family Challenge, Dr. Edward Rigel Sr. said: "After Congress, as I looked back on the previous SAR year, it was my impression that progress on the Education Center and Museum was stagnant … Before Fall Leadership 2018, I had an epiphany, an idea to rejuvenate the SAR Education Center and Museum fundraising. I thought back to the recent Powell and Patten matching pledges and how rapidly those goals were reached … Those were two big splashes that prompted contributions. So why not another splash?" The SAR responded, and in just a few months, the challenge has been not only met but exceeded, with more than $63,000 in donations—$50,000 of which has been matched by the Rigels, for a total of $113,000. What a great way to launch the SAR into 2019! The SAR Education Center and Museum will be a one-of-a-kind visitor experience. More than a traditional museum, the SAR Education Center and Museum will highlight treasures from the SAR's museum collection, educate visitors of all ages, and foster a personal connection to the founding of our nation. In addition to a gallery space and exhibits, the design team will also create digital resources, which educators will be able to use in classrooms around the country. The SAR Education Center and Museum will serve the public not only in Louisville but around the country and will fulfill Rigel Family Challenge Makes a "Splash" SAR Education Center and Museum Update

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