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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LIBRARY DIRECTOR MICHAEL CHRISTIAN RETIRES M ichael A. Christian, the SAR Library Director, retired after 28 years in the Genealogical Research Library. Christian served as the library director through 28 President Generals dating back to President General James Westlake. Ten Librarian Generals and eight executive directors have turned to Christian for his expertise as a professional librarian, respected genealogist, and mentor to hundreds of individuals seeking documentation of their family lineage. He maintained pristine order of the SAR Library Collection, which offers a rich environment for all levels of genealogy research. With his extensive knowledge of patriotic lineage societies, Christian has enabled researchers to attain membership in the SAR and DAR as well as numerous other prestigious lineage societies. During his SAR career, Christian supervised the addition of the SAR book vault and George Washington Room at the headquarters' Fourth Street location in Louisville, Kentucky. While managing the second-floor library, he implemented the creation of the Friends of the Library (FOL) program. Today the FOL continues to assist the library in implementing its collection development objectives. In 2010, Christian managed the library's only move in SAR's 129-year history to its new location on Museum Row in Louisville. Once settled in the new location, he administered the installation of the library collection's barcode and magnetic strip system, providing added security for library resources. As library director he was responsible for incorporating technology into the Genealogical Research Library. Technology advancements include the digitization of the library's card catalog, and the accessibility of online research materials. Christian became an SAR member in 1994, having joined on his Patriot ancestor Julius Rutherford of Virginia. Further research resulted in additional supplementals on James Garrison of North Carolina, Abel Stout of New Jersey and Gabriel Loving Jr. of North Carolina. Having established his Patriot lineage, Christian is an active member of the SAR, Order of the Founders and Patriots of America, First Families of Kentucky, Society of the Descendants of Washington's Army at Valley Forge, National Huguenot Society, Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims and Order of Americans of Armorial Ancestry. At Christian's recent retirement celebration, President General Larry Guzy, Secretary General Warren Alter, former Librarian General Bruce Pickette and current Librarian General Doug Collins joined members, SAR staff and long-term patrons in offering their appreciation for his contributions to the SAR. "I've always admired most your dedication," said Pickette. "Day after day, hour after hour, for these many years, you have always ensured you were first and foremost available to those who walked into our library. Your priority was always the visitor—to you, the customer came first." 8 SAR MAGAZINE Christian with a digital card catalog in 1989.

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