The SAR Magazine

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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10 SAR MAGAZINE By Mickey McGuire Project Manager, SAR/Clements Programs I n the summer of 2017, as I walked through the Ann Arbor Art Fair, I passed by a tent in front of the William L. Clements Library. I was intrigued by its Italian Renaissance structure. Even though I had studied at the university and worked nearby, I had never ventured inside the Clements Library. What a surprise awaited me! Inside, I learned that the library collections focus on early America and house an unparalleled collection of books, maps, papers and graphics from the Revolutionary War. My discovery of the Clements Library coincided with my increased involvement with the SAR, and I immediately saw the possibilities for collaboration. We brought both staffs together to discuss opportunities for creating Revolutionary War educational materials, exchange of expertise, and possible exhibitions at the NSSAR headquarters and in the future SAR Education Center and Museum. Currently, education materials are being developed to support teachers in classroom goals about the American Revolution. Working with the NSSAR Education Committee and NSSAR Education Outreach, materials utilizing Clements Library artifacts as primary sources to design lesson supplements and complete lesson plans are are being developed by the University of Michigan School of Education. My chapter has been able to host several of the Clements curators as speakers at our meetings, and Director Kevin Graffagnino spoke at the Fall Leadership Meeting. The Clements speakers have fascinated their audiences with historical knowledge while displaying significant primary sources from early America. • • • Prior to establishing the library, William L. Clements, a wealthy Bay City heavy equipment manufacturer, collected rare books. The focus of his collection was early America. For example, one cornerstone piece he purchased was a copy of Columbus' letter about his voyage to the Americas, published in Latin in 1493. Later in his collecting career, Clements acquired substantial manuscript collections of Revolution- era British military and political leaders, buying the archives from their descendants. The library attracts people from across the world, like Pulitzer Prize winner David McCullough, who used the Clements Library archives to write his book, 1776. Researchers utilize the Avenir Foundation Reading Room at the Clements, where they may study primary sources, including books, manuscripts, maps and graphic materials. Clements made the decision to donate his entire book collection to the University of Michigan and commissioned renowned architect Albert Kahn to design the building that cradles this remarkable collection. Today, the book The Clements Library SAR collaborates with the University of Michigan's William L. Clements Library Philip Datillo "A Temple of American History" – A title given to the Clements by author and librarian William Warner Bishop

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