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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P resident General Warren Alter and First Lady Nancy Alter were the guests of Kentucky DAR State Regent Leslie Miller at the Duncan Tavern Historic Center on Dec. 4, 2018, in Paris, Ky. The Duncan Tavern Historic Center is the headquarters of the Kentucky Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The property was owned by Revolutionary War Patriot Joseph Duncan, who served as an armorer at the Falls of the Ohio under Gen. George Rogers Clark. In 1940, the tavern was saved from demolition by Julia Spenser Ardery and the Kentucky Society DAR. From 1940 to the current date, the members of the KSDAR have maintained and preserved the Duncan Tavern Historic Center through private donations and sponsorships. Scott Alvey, executive director of the Kentucky Historical Society, was also in attendance. A Visit to Duncan Tavern 8 SAR MAGAZINE T he SAR National Headquarters hosted a special visitor on Sept. 21 when Julien Icher stopped by as part of his research for his project, the Lafayette Trail. The goal is to map all the stops the Marquis de Lafayette took on his Farewell Tour of America, 1824-25, which covered 24 states and 6,000 miles. A native of France, Icher resides in Londonderry, N.H. The trail brings together his interests of history, human geography and geographical information systems, in which he holds degrees. While in Louisville, he attended a Gov. Isaac Shelby Chapter meeting with NSSAR Staff Genealogist Brendan Potter, who was his host for the evening. The headquarters staff gave Icher a tour of the Mary and James S. Craik Special Collections Room, in which several items from the French Alliance Collection were on display. These include French maps of the Revolutionary War and an engraving of Lafayette. He also was given a tour of the library and spent some time researching local history during the time Lafayette was in Louisville in May 1825. "The National Headquarters of the Sons of the American Revolution is filled with devoted people, true caretakers of America's history and identity," Ischer said. "While my visit was limited, it was long enough for me to get a sense of the dedication of the people working there. I was able to take a rapid look at some of the artifacts pertaining to Franco- American friendship, patronize the library and peruse a few books relating to the visit of Lafayette to Louisville in May 1825. I believe there is a natural understanding and partnership between the SAR and the Lafayette Trail, for our goals dovetail in raising awareness about the ideals and values surrounding the Revolutionary War. "I am grateful to the Gov. Isaac Shelby Chapter and Kentucky SAR for awarding me an honorary membership to the organization." Icher's project has the support of French President Emmanuel Macron, and Icher was part of the French presidential delegation to the White House during Macron's visit last year. It is hoped that this endeavor will continue to strengthen France and America's already strong friendship. Partners of the trail include the Consulate General of France (Boston), American Friends of Lafayette, Global DMC Partners and French Foreign Trade Advisors. The project's projected completion date is July 2019. For additional information on the project, visit www. thelafayettetrail.com . Kentucky DAR State Regent Leslie Miller, second from left, hosted President General Warren Alter and First Lady Nancy, right, along with Kentucky Historical Society Director Scott Alvey. On the Lafayette Trail

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