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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XX SAR MAGAZINE "As a Skidmore family member it was nice to read about my ancestor," Compatriot Skidmore said. "Although I have never been to West Virginia to visit the Point Pleasant State Park, it is now on my bucket list." Patriot Skidmore was twice wounded during the battle and is listed on the monument at the state park. He was later promoted to major. PENNSYLVANIA SOCIETY The Pennsylvania Society held its Board of Management meeting Nov. 3-4, 2017, at the Hampton Inn in Williamsport. The Nov. 3 activities included a wine-and-cheese reception and an outstanding presentation by Rev. Dr. John F. Piper Jr., former chair of the Lycoming College History Department. His speech focused on the Revolutionary War's role in politics and religion. The Nov. 4 program started at 9 a.m. with PASSAR board business, with the Rev. Dr. John K. Witherspoon asking the invocation, as portrayed by The Rev David Felts, PASSAR assistant chaplain, while the ladies' auxiliary was treated to a program at the Muncy Historical Society focused on the history of weddings. A luncheon followed the morning activities, after which Gerry Mansel (USA, Ret.), a former sentinel at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington, D.C., gave a presentation on the sacrifices the young men and women make to be members of such an elite group. George Washington Chapter On Veterans Day, members of the George Washington Chapter Color Guard took part in the dedication of a marker listing the names of 48 Revolutionary War Patriots who are buried in two cemeteries in Robinson Township in Allegheny County (formerly Washington County). Until recently, the burial sites of these men were unknown. George Washington Chapter President Kurt Winter was one of several dignitaries who spoke during the ceremony. PPP Members of the George Washington Chapter recently provided a color guard at the 125th anniversary celebration of the Washington County DAR Chapter, the third-oldest chapter in Pennsylvania. Washington Crossing Chapter Frank Lyons' engaging presentation, "Tales of the Marbleheaders," highlighted the Washington Crossing Chapter's Oct. 12, 2017, dinner meeting. After the presentation, the Bronze Good Citizenship Certificate and Medal were presented to Lyons for his many years of dedicated service to the re-enactment of Gen. George Washington and his troops crossing the Delaware River on Christmas night 1776. Lyons portrays Col. John Glover of the Marbleheaders, who orchestrated the rowing of 2,400 of Washington's men, cannons and horses across the river. The crossing led to the pivotal victory by the Continental army over the Hessians stationed in Trenton. The Marbleheaders were a group of fishermen from Marblehead, Massachusetts, who formed a militia. They later became a regiment in the Continental Army and formed what some call Washington's first navy. The crossing would not have been possible without their seamanship skills. SOUTH CAROLINA SOCIETY Daniel Morgan Chapter South Carolina Society members participated in a Revolutionary War Weekend sponsored by the South Carolina Humanities Council Oct. 5-8, 2017. On Thursday and Friday, President General Larry Guzy, SCSSAR Chaplain John Ingle and SCSSAR Historian Donny Carson manned three of the 15 stations set up at the Cherokee County History Museum to teach nearly 1,100 Cherokee County fourth- and eighth-grade students about Revolutionary War events that took place in Upstate South Carolina. On Thursday, the Gaffney Visitors Center and Art Gallery hosted several speakers and a reception attended by PG Guzy and South Atlantic District Vice President General James Wood. 36 SAR MAGAZINE Participating in the parade were, from left, seated, 103-year-old Tulsa Compatriot John Francis Haws Jr.; second row, Kaylie Michaels and Oklahoma SAR President Ron Painter; and back row, Tulsa Chapter Color Guardsmen Bill Graham, Frank Michael, Loyd Means and John Thompson. From left, Compatriots Michael Merryman, Gary Timmons, Ronald Miller and Chapter President Kurt Winter.

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