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Spring 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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28 SAR MAGAZINE IDAHO SOCIETY Fort Boise celebrated the birthday of Founding Father George Washington. New members were presented their rosette of membership. In keeping with our founding tenet, we honored the new members who have served this nation in the military. The committee on the patriotic display of the American flag has recognized the Fort Boise Chapter, the Teton Chapter and the Idaho Society. Each will receive the Admiral Furlong Award & Streamer at the National Congress in July. The Idaho Society lost a true Patriot, Francis L. Huntley, in March. In 1961, Huntley joined the U.S. Marie Corps and served in Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis, followed by two deployments to Vietnam. The society's ROTC program will be dedicated in his honor. ILLINOIS SOCIETY American Bicentennial Chapter The February chapter meeting of the Illinois American Bicentennial Chapter, held at the Freemasonry Spes Novum Lodge in Libertyville, Ill., included lunch and an informative presentation by Lodge Secretary Robert Johnson on Freemasonry in Colonial America. The presentation included discussion of early Colonial Freemasonry chapters as well as discussion of several ancient New England taverns where early Freemasonry meetings were held, including related artifacts. Also discussed was the fact that the Freemasons participated in an integral way in the earliest chapters of the American Revolution, including the Boston Tea Party. Interestingly, a Boston Freemasonry meeting the night of the Tea Party was called off due to lack of attendance because its members were occupied elsewhere. Prior to this discussion, ABC President Bruce Wright shared some of the benefits he has gained by being in SAR and knowing more about his own Revolutionary War ancestry. He extended an invitation to the Masons in the audience to investigate the possibility of their own Colonial and Revolutionary War roots. INDIANA SOCIETY On March 22, the Indiana SAR Color Guard participated in the unveiling of the updated Citizen Soldier display at the Indiana War Memorial, 55 East Michigan Street, in Indianapolis. Pictured below, from left, are Compatriot Randy Helderman of the George Rogers Clark Chapter; Dave Betzner, Clarence Cook Chapter; Allen G. Manning, Clifty Creek Chapter; T. Rex Legler II, Ohio Valley Chapter; Tom Whiteman, Continental Chapter; Edward Hitchcock, Daniel Guthrie Chapter; and Janet Kreps, DAR, who supplied the new outfit for the female mannequin in the Citizen Soldier display. Janet's husband, Mark, a member of the Continental Chapter, took the photograph. PPP On Feb. 25, the Indiana SAR Color Guard presented the colors at the 240th anniversary commemoration of the capture of Fort Sackville in Vincennes, Ind. The commemoration was held at the Clark Memorial, George Rogers Clark National Historical Park. The Commemoration program states: "At 10 o'clock on the morning of Feb. 25, 1779, Col. George Rogers Clark and his small force of frontiersmen received the surrender of Fort Sackville from British Lt. Gov. Henry Hamilton. Clark's great triumph here on the site of this present-day memorial was achieved only after an incredible 18-day midwinter journey through the icy floodwaters of the Illinois country." PPP On March 2, a framed payroll for the command staff of Major General Anthony Wayne, dated May, June and July 1793, was gifted to Historic Fort Wayne. It was presented from the INSAR, INDAR, C.A.R. and the Society of the War of 1812. The framed payroll will be displayed at the "Old Fort" maintained and operated by Historic Fort Wayne in downtown Fort Wayne, Ind. "Mad" Wayne returned to the three rivers area in northeast Indiana shortly after winning the Battle of Fallen Timbers in what today is Maumee, Ohio, and began building a permanent fort, which was completed on Oct. 20, 1794. Wayne's fort was at the present-day corner of Clay and Berry Streets and named in his honor. This fort would be the first of the three United States forts built in present-day Fort Wayne, which grew up around the fort. LOUISIANA SOCIETY Galvez Chapter The January meeting of the Galvez Chapter was a field trip to the James Smith "Sonny" Noel Rare Book Collection, Accepting for Historic Fort Wayne, Inc. is Robert "Bob" Jones, V.P. Board of Directors. Presenting the gift are Compatriots Mark Krepps, Continental Chapter, and Denny Wright, Anthony Halberstadt Chapter. From left, Randy K. Helderman, James C. Arnold, Robert P. Cunningham and Richard D. Hill participated in the 240th anniversary commemoration of the capture of Fort Sackville.

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