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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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128th Annual Congress Houston, Texas July 14-19, 2018 G entlemen, it is time to saddle up and mosey down to the Space City of America—Houston, Texas—for our next annual Congress. The weather will be hot, the culture entrancing and, best of all, the hospitality of the Texas Society will continue to make people think that it is "bigger in Texas." Hotel accommodations will be at the Westin Memorial City off Gessner Avenue. You can fly into either Bush International or Hobby International, since they are both about equidistant to the hotel. It's best for you not to come in at 3-4 p.m., because this is the largest city in the state and the highways and byways are extremely busy. So what can you do in this city, which is sometimes called the "Energy Capital of the World?" Well for starters, you can go on one of the Saturday tours to either NASA or to the Bush 41 Presidential Library in neighboring College Station, Texas. At NASA, you will get a tram tour, see both the new and old Mission Control Center, stop by the Saturn V rocket park and see the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility. If you choose to go to the George H.W. Bush Library, you will see the core exhibit space, which tells the story of the life and times of George H.W. Bush, 41st President of the United States. Family-friendly and educational exhibits guide visitors through an interactive tour of the museum. View replicas of President Bush's Camp David Office and White House Press Room, and receive a briefing on the Gulf War in the Situation Room. Have your picture made while seated at the desk in our replica Oval Office. View an online museum tour. The Ansary Gallery of American History features temporary exhibits that rotate throughout the year. Find out what will be on exhibit during your visit. At the conclusion of the day, come join the Texas Society for their welcome to Texas as Congress hosts the Society Reception. Sunday dawns bright and beautiful with the Color Guard Breakfast and then committee meetings. If you do not have a meeting, attend the eliminations of the Rumbaugh Orations Contest. Be on the lookout for the Assembly of the Color Guard as they prepare for the Trooping of the Line by President General Larry Guzy before boarding air- conditioned buses to travel to the Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church for the Memorial Service. Following that, the First Lady will host her tea on-site before the ladies return to the hotel. Gentlemen will have bus transportation back to the hotel for meetings and the genealogy seminar featuring David Lambert, chief genealogist of the New England Historical and Genealogical Society based in Boston. The evening will end with the Rumbaugh Orations Finals. Monday begins with the State President Breakfast and the opening of Congress. This is followed by the Youth Awards Luncheon, afternoon sessions for the men and Ladies Auxiliary Meeting for the ladies. The evening ends with the induction of the newest Minutemen and the presentation of national awards to the state societies. Tuesday is the District Breakfasts, and we return to have another session of Congress, which will include the nominations for elections. The George Washington Fellows Luncheon precedes the balloting in the afternoon. Additionally, we will have a history symposium titled "Without the Assistance of Spain, We Would Still Be Flying the British Flag." It will be a discussion panel led by President General (2009-2010) Ed Butler along with Spanish Consul General Enric Calpe and Mary Anthony Startz, a member of the Order of Granaderos y Damas de Galvez, an organization responsible for promoting the history of Spain's role in the American Revolution. It should be an interesting afternoon. Ladies will be at the Junior League of Houston for the Ladies Luncheon. That evening is the President General's Banquet. Wednesday is the last session of the Congress. Following this, there are two tours for you to select from. One is the San Jacinto Battlefield tour, which will be hosted by Compatriot Tom Greene of the Texas Society. He will explain the battle and its significance in the history of Texas and our nation. You will have the opportunity to tour the battlefield and learn about the different aspects of the battle. Additionally, you will have time to go up in the monument and view the surrounding area from more than 480 feet above the ground. See the Houston skyline, the battlefield and one of the busiest seaports in the nation from the top of the monument. The other option is the Museums of Houston tour. This group will have the opportunity to visit the area of Houston known for its museums. You will have the opportunity to visit the Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Natural Science or the Clayton Genealogical Library during your time downtown. All of these sites are included in your tour costs. There are also the Children's Museum, Holocaust Museum, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston Bicycle Museum and Health Museum within easy walking distance, if these are of more interest to you. These sites may incur an additional cost if you choose to attend them. Finally, the evening's Installation Banquet will be the concluding event of the Congress. So, time to get going on the plans and register for the events you are going to attend. Looks like a lot of fun, and thank you to the Texas Society for hosting the 128th Congress in Houston. See you there. Houston, We Have No Problems 6 SAR MAGAZINE

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