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 13 Floor Plan The proposed floor plan is approximately 7,000 square feet. The SAR Museum consists of a retail area and six immersive galleries that will create exciting, compelling and personal visitor experiences. Retail A museum store provides an opportunity for visitors to purchase keepsake items such as maps, portraits of the Founding Fathers, tricorn hats, flags, puzzles, books, clothing and other items that may attract their interest. Lobby The SAR Museum's beautiful, sweeping lobby will pay tribute to America's founding ideas and principles—the things brave Americans fought for and defended as they stood against tyranny and, ultimately, forged the constitutional republic we know today. A full-scale Liberty Bell replica will be centrally located. Banners flying overhead are to bear the words of America's founders, highlighting the foundational principles of liberty, self- governance and sacrifice. Artifact cases displaying pistols, swords and cannonballs contrast with quill pens and inkwells. These artifacts, which were used across the American Colonies, represent the instruments that helped Americans wage war against the British. A kiosk with interactive displays will enable visitors to search their name for Patriot ancestors and locate resources in the Genealogical Research Library next door. Pictures of United States presidents, astronauts and other notables who have been SAR members are to be displayed. A New Land An impressive collage of overlapping words and images will evoke the influential ideas and philosophies that early travelers brought to Colonial America. This gallery traces their journey, painting a picture of migration and trade and illuminating the ideology that culminated in the American War for Independence. Visitors will hear dramatic stories of individuals and families who left their homelands and risked everything to start new lives in America. Their letters and journals bring the harrowing journey alive, shedding light on their reasons for leaving; illuminating their deeply held cultural values, customs, religious practices and languages; and noting the music they carried with them. Prelude to Revolution The major causes of the American War for Independence will unfold on a 1770s Boston streetscape, and an array of visitor experiences will convey the danger that pervaded the city during this tense and crucial time. The Griffin's Wharf display will highlight the uneasy state of affairs in the Colonies as Boston suffers as a hotbed of aggression and protest against unfair British laws and taxes. A replica British Stamp Office bearing a British flag and covered in public tax notices is to be the setting for a tense exchange between a British tax collector and a clerk who's come up short on the month's taxes. The Green Dragon Tavern gallery will focus attention on a table, where a secret meeting is underway next to a crackling fire. Visitors can join the conversation as key members of the Sons of Liberty—Samuel Adams, John Hancock and Isaiah Thomas—discuss the dangers they face and their reasons for rebelling against England. Boston's Old North Church, with its tower spire rising high and the ambient sound of bells tolling overhead, will be celebrated for its crucial role as a meeting place and the launching point for 16-year-old Sybil Luddington's legendary ride to warn American soldiers of the advancing British. The next stop will be the historic Edes and Gill Printing Office. During the height of the Revolution, it served as a hub for pro-Patriot news and correspondence. Public notices, anti-British broadsides, and pages from the Boston Gazette and New England Chronicle will show the importance of spreading news and ideas to unify a movement in the Colonies. Benjamin Franklin is to be highlighted as a printer by trade and the creator of the famous "Join or Die" illustration, and the office also teaches visitors about the 18th-century printing process. Visitors

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