80 Days and Counting – 2017 National Congress


“The SAR Congress You’ll Not Want to Miss!”

July 6 – 13, 2017 – Knoxville, Tennessee

 TENNESSEE SAR extends a special invitation to attend “The Congress You’ll Not Want to Miss!”  The 2017 SAR Congress begins in 80 days, Thursday, July 6 to Thursday, July 13, in Knoxville.

Knoxville is a great American city, centrally located in the Eastern United States.  New York City, Tampa, New Orleans, Kansas City, Green Bay and all points between are just a long day drive to Knoxville.  And, there is an airport.  Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Knoxville was established in 1786, a year before the US Constitution was adopted.  It was established as the Territorial Capital in 1790, and became the first capital of Tennessee in 1796.  The majestic Tennessee River and the University of Tennessee anchor the heart of the city which is located just minutes from the most visited of the 59 specially designated National Parks – Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2016 had more than 10 million visitors.

Steeped in rich early American history, one of the foremost Genealogical Research Libraries specializing on the westward migration is located three blocks from the host hotel, as are nearby museums, art galleries, and one of the most exciting outdoor downtown districts in the country, Market Square.  Miss this Congress and you’ll miss one of the best! 

We are told that registration will be available on the SAR website within another week.  So, make plans to attend, today. 

For more information, please contact Host Society 2017 SAR Congress Chair Rick Hollis

Hollis1776@att.net | 615.812.2648 m | tnssar.org



ExCom/Foundation Meeting – Host Hotel

FRIDAY, July 7

Golf Scramble – Three Ridges Golf Course – Knoxville

GUIDED TOUR 1:  Overmountain Men

[Sycamore Shoals at Fort Watauga, Amis Mill and Home, Crockett Tavern]

Cocktail Reception with Heavy Hors d’oeuvres and Tour – East Tennessee History Center


GUIDED TOUR 2:  Born in the Backwoods

[Cumberland Gap and the Museum of Appalachia]

Host Society Reception and BBQ – Historic James White Fort

SUNDAY, July 9

SELF GUIDED TOUR:  Frontier History and Natural Beauty in Cades Cove

Final Trustees Meeting – Host Hotel

Color Guard Parade from Hotel to Church

Memorial Service – First Baptist Knoxville

Ladies Tea – First Baptist Knoxville

General Society War of 1812 Reception and Tour – Blount Mansion

Genealogy Seminar – Host Hotel

MONDAY, July 10

Color Guard Breakfast

Color Guard Presentation of Colors to Open Congress – Host Hotel

Opening and Second Sessions of Congress – Host Hotel

Youth Luncheon – Convention Center

Minute Man Awards Presentation / Awards Ceremony – Host Hotel

TUESDAY, July 11

SAR District Breakfast Meetings – Host Hotel

Third Session of Congress – Host Hotel

VPG/GWEF, PG Luncheon – Host Hotel

First Lady’s Luncheon – Cherokee Country Club

Voting for SAR Officers – Host Hotel

President General Banquet – Convention Center

Special Guest Speaker – Historian and Pulitzer Prize Winning Author Jon Meacham

Color Guard Command Change Ceremony – Convention Center


Closing Session of Congress – Host Hotel

New Trustees Meeting – Host Hotel

GUIDED TOUR 3:  Ssshhhh!!!  America’s Secret City [Oak Ridge]

Installation Banquet – Convention Center


ExCom/Foundation Meeting – Host Hotel

Congress ratifies peace with Great Britain!


April 15, 1783

Congress ratifies peace with Great Britain

On this day in 1783, the Continental Congress of the United States officially ratifies the preliminary peace treaty with Great Britain that was signed in November 1782. The congressional move brings the nascent nation one step closer to the conclusion of the Revolutionary War.

Five months later, on September 3, 1783, the Treaty of Paris was signed by representatives of the United States, Great Britain, Spain and France, officially bringing an end to the Revolutionary War. It also formalized Great Britain’s recognition of America’s independence.

The treaty established the Mississippi River as the western boundary of the new United States; allowed U.S. fishermen to troll the waters off Newfoundland, Canada; recognized the legitimacy of pre-war debts owed by Americans and Britons; and promised to reunite American Loyalists with property seized from them during the war. The American and Britons were satisfied with the agreement. However, western Indians who had allied themselves to Britain discovered that their land had been handed over by the British to the Americans without consultation or compensation. As they had neither lost their battles nor negotiated a treaty with the Americans, they continued to fight until 1795. Spain assisted southern Indians as they fought to protect their land from encroaching Georgians.

North of the Ohio Valley, the British maintained their forts at Niagara and Detroit, despite their promise to withdraw in the Treaty of Paris. They argued that Americans had breached the treaty by failing to return Loyalist property and pay British creditors as promised. American willingness to trade with revolutionary France further angered the British, and increased their promises of British aid to aggrieved Indians. The British only retreated from the Northwest Territory following the negotiation of the controversial Jay treat with Britain, which was ratified in 1795.


originally posted on history.com

Operation Ancestor Search Visits Temple VA

Volunteers L to R Jim Nelson, Gary Chapel, Jeff Gammon, Eileen Walcik, & Ray DeVries

Volunteers L to R
Jim Nelson, Gary Chapel, Jeff Gammon, Eileen Walcik, & Ray DeVries

As you know, Patrick Henry Chapter and Alexander Hamilton Chapter have sponsored a successful Operation Ancestor Search program at Ft. Hood for the Wounded Warriors.  We have operated since the late Fall of 2015 and have served 156 wounded warriors in that time.
We have expanded our OAS program to the Veterans Hospital at Temple, TX.  We opened last month and have been very successful.  There are four volunteers for each meeting.  This operation is supported by the Ensign Thomas Huling Chapter, NSDAR. We are on schedule for two meetings per month. 
To volunteer, please check out our calendar or reach out to Jeff Gammon for more details!


State Convention Awards

Compatriots and Friends,

The Patrick Henry Chapter has been recognized for the following accomplishments for the 2016 year:

Col. J.M Hill Membership award presented in honor of our past President Col. Joe. M. Hill Jr. and is given to each chapter that achieves the goal of 100% membership renewal in the past year.

Banner for 100% renewal

And, the Adrian Drouilhet Award for the Chapter having the most new members under 50 years of age joining the Texas SAR.

Certificate for under 50 Years of ageCongratulations Compatriots!  Keep up the good work!