“The first SAR National Congress was held in Louisville, KY, on April 30th, 1890. A refined Constitution and other major issues were decided. Membership required lineal descent from a Revolutionary Patriot. At the end of the first year, the membership of the SAR was 2,500 in 28 Societies. The first certificate, National Number 1, was assigned to William Osborne McDowell of the New Jersey Society. Annual dues were set at 25 cents.” (NASSAR Handbook, Volume vii, page 7, “Important Milestones in the History of the SAR”)
The 2021 National Congress Planning Committee is in the early stages of its work. According to Gregory Lucas, Chairman of the Committee, "We need to begin working with our members to develop the resources necessary to host the Congress." Click on the links below to see how YOU can help out.
In 2021, for the first time, the Washington SAR will host the SAR National Congress. This is a tremendous privilege and honor for our state society, but it is also a huge responsibility. There are many things that need to be done far in advance of the arrival of guests and dignitaries. If this Congress is going to be a success, money and volunteers will be needed, and teamwork will be essential. Working together, we can make it happen!
2021 National Congress Planning Committee Chairman. If you would like to volunteer, click HERE