WELCOME to the Louisville-Thurston
Chapter of the Kentucky Society (KYSSAR)
We are proud to welcome you to our chapter website, whether as a fellow Compatriot or not, and we hope that exploring our content will be interesting and informative, so as to engage you in the multiple opportunities of scholarship, genealogy, youth education, and comradeship with those of us who trace our heritage back to service as Patriots in the American Revolution from 1775 to 1783.
Our Charter, as part of the Kentucky Society (www.kysar.org), comes from the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, headquartered in Louisville, KY (www.sar.org). We are an IRC Sec. 501(c)(3) organization with a historical, educational, and patriotic mission. We are a transparent, open, non-political organization. As the KYSSAR states, we serve to perpetuate the memory of the American Revolutionary Patriots through the membership of direct male descendants either through their paternal or maternal lines. (Likewise, the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is comprised of direct female descendants).
We do this in many ways, such as: being a treasure chest of information and documentation for the genealogist; engaging in numerous educational events with youth emphasizing the foundational principles of our Constitutional republic and federalism; engaging in remembrance celebrations of Revolutionary War historical events; and, keeping the Spirit of Freedom, gifted to us by those Patriots, alive and well.
Many of our members are lineal descendants of Patriots who served in the military during the Revolutionary War, either as soldiers in the Continental Line and State Militias or as sailors in the navy. These members often choose to wear periodic uniforms consistent with their Patriot line or interest or both when representing the SAR at patriotic events, re-enactments, educational presentations, or other functions.
The Louisville-Thruston Chapter is the oldest and largest SAR chapter in the state of Kentucky, and its membership has included many past President-Generals (highest-ranking elected officer) of the NSSAR. We are actively looking for new compatriots to join our ranks to help us expand our engagement opportunities.
You will find links and email addresses on our website which are useful in obtaining additional information on the NSSAR and our Chapter.
Bob Silverthorn, President