The SAR Magazine

Spring 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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SPRING 2018 11 America's Story of Liberty: TELL ME and I forget, TEACH ME and I remember, INVOLVE Me and I learn Who We Are As the Sons of the American Revolution, we are heirs to an exceptional legacy that honors our nation's founders. But SAR is more than an organization—it's a living, breathing, and ever-evolving idea that invites and challenges ordinary Americans to connect with their own personal histories. The Center for Advancing America's Heritage (The Center) The Center is established to provide platforms that help Americans make those connections to the not-so-distant past. The Center is made up of our Genealogical Research Library and outreach education activities—with the SAR museum galleries being the central focus on outreach education. By presenting the American Revolution as a living series of events, in which real people waged war over real and weighty issues, we illuminate and elevate the ongoing connections we share with our ancestors. The Center, combined with the genealogical mission of the SAR, makes up our national identity. Fortunately, to pursue our visionary dream, we were able to purchase the building at 809 West Main Street in Louisville, Kentucky. Its location is fortunate. We find ourselves at the center of Louisville's Golden Triangle of museums, an area ideally suited for tourism. Directly across the street is the Louisville Slugger Museum and Bat Factory (327,000 visitors in 2017), named top attraction in Kentucky by USA Today. Half a block to the right sits the Frazier History Museum (97,000 visitors in 2017), and half a block to the left is the Kentucky Science Center (252,000 yearly average visitors for the last few years). The Center's size, like Louisville's other surrounding museums, should make combination passes an attractive opportunity for both the museum and visitors. For example, the normal time spent touring the Slugger Museum is less than an hour, allowing ample time to also visit our Center. This is significant, considering the large number of patrons the Slugger Museum attracts. Even moderate success for our museum should allow positive cash that could help fund SAR's outreach education activities. Genealogical Library Our state-of-the-art Genealogical Research Library opened in 2010, making more than 30,000 family histories, state records and genealogical indexes available to researchers looking to trace their family roots to the American Revolution. Outreach Education Many SAR members across the United States are involved with programs at the local chapter and state levels. Activities include invitations to speak to students and community groups, commemoration events, naturalization ceremonies, parades, Constitution Week, July 4th events, Flag Day, President's Day, Wreaths Across The Proposed SAR Museum Gallery At SAR Headquarters

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