The SAR Magazine

Winter 2018

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 250th Series Anniversary Update By Clifford Olsen, Chairman, cliffordolsen@embarqmail.com T here has been much excitement regarding the 250th anniversary of the founding of liberty in America. As the clocks tick down to the climax of July 4, 2026, there is reason to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence and the events leading up to it. Much is being done in preparation for the celebrations. There have been top-quality magazine articles in The SAR Magazine. Several national committees are working on plans, as well as subcommittees of the 250th Anniversary Committee. There is an approved recognition program for compatriots, chapters, societies and community members, with the details being finalized. We have a subcommittee working on stamps, coins and commemorative medals. The Corporate Relations Sub-committee is working on a PowerPoint presentation with a corporation to possibly develop a joint venture to promote the celebration, SAR and genealogy. We have social media happenings with Twitter and Facebook. We have plans to work with the Boy Scouts, developing template camporees, patches, etc., to commemorate historic anniversary events leading up to and including the Revolution. The list goes on. Local chapters also have been working on projects, which you may have read about in the State Society & Chapter Events section of The SAR Magazine. Two programs by the Ozark Mountain Chapter of Missouri, have been adopted as national programs by the committee. One, "Revolutionary Families," now called "Our Patriots," as described on page 30 of the Fall 2017 SAR Magazine, gets people excited about genealogy and ancestry; besides learning history, it may provide a catalyst for membership. The other, "History Explorers," is a program of patriotic education with a focus on teachable moments that will be delivered through unique methods and mediums to explore history within a chapter's region. The chapter partners with the public library, school history clubs, local re-enactors and other interested parties. The chapter then coordinates the groups in learning about local history, with all programs dedicating a portion of the meeting to the Revolution. This is done quarterly and remains very successful, with 75-100 attendees. Both of these projects can be done anywhere by other chapters. What you can do? I would encourage State Societies to provide me a point man for their society. Look around at your chapter and community. What can you do to promote the celebration? Colleen Wilson, at the headquarters, has programs for patriotic outreach and education. Look at the items shared in this article, and you may desire to implement them in your chapter. You may also provide us information and programs, just as Ozark Mountain Chapter has done. Perhaps you have ideas or contacts you might like to explore or assist us in exploring to promote the 250th anniversary. Are you a writer desiring to write a factual article for The SAR Magazine? There are many opportunities, and I encourage all of the members of SAR to get involved. We can be the leaders in our communities and states in assisting America in celebrating our 250 years of liberty and freedom. O n Saturday, April 20, 1918, the remains of Col. Israel Angell, a distinguished soldier who commanded the 2nd Regiment of Rhode Island Continental Infantry during the latter part of the war for American independence, and those of his first wife, Martha, were transferred from the spot where they had rested since June 1832, to the North Burial Ground in Providence, to be finally buried in a suitable spot on which an appropriate memorial was subsequently erected. The proceedings were the charge of a committee appointed for the purpose by the Rhode Island Society Sons of American Revolution, which bore the expenses under an appropriation voted on at the annual meeting Feb. 22, 1918. The work of exhuming and transferring the remains was directed by Compatriots Harris W. and Arnold C. Brown, both descendants of Col. Angell; the former was a member of the committee appointed for the work. The working party comprised the Browns, accompanied by members of the latter's family and two sextons from the North Burial Ground. Grave Relocation of Colonel Israel Angell

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