80 Days and Counting – 2017 National Congress

80 DAYS AND COUNTING

“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

2017 CONGRESS SCHEDULE

THURSDAY, July 6

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

SATURDAY, July 8

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

WEDNESDAY, July 12

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

THURSDAY, July 13

ExCom/Foundation Meeting – Host Hotel