Wreaths Across America Mobile Exhibit – June 7, 2021

May 25, 2021

For the second year the George Washington Chapter will host the Wreaths Across America mobile exhibit. The 24’ X 60’ fully functional trailer is equipped with two exterior televisions, four extended slide outs, four awnings an interior museum and a 20 person interactive movie theater. The exhibit tours the country with a minimum of 40 stops a year. On Monday, June 7, 2021 from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM, the exhibit will be at the Texas Roadhouse located in the Great Southern Shopping Center at 1155 Washington Pike, Bridgeville, PA. During the exhibit’s stop, the George Washington Chapter will have an SAR information table set up and will also be accepting wreath sponsorships. For the last six years the George Washington Chapter has been the largest out of 30 other groups/organizations to gatherer wreaths for that National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, which is located nearby. If you have never been to the cemetery, this would be a great opportunity to visit the site before coming to the Texas Roadhouse. We are also looking for volunteers that would be willing to spend an hour or two or the entire day to help us promote both Wreaths Across America and our George Washington Chapter.

Also, the Texas Roadhouse has graciously agreed to donate 10% of their sales back to our George Washington Chapter to support the 2021 Wreaths Across America campaign. Please print and take the flyer below with you when you pay for your order. Also, feel free to print and pass out the flyer to your friends and neighbors. We hope to see you there!  


Announcing the Patriot Research System

January 15, 2018

January 15, 2018

The SAR Patriot Records Committee is pleased to announce the launch of a new website: the Patriot Research System (http://sarpatriots.sar.org), which will replace the existing Patriot Index system (http://patriot.sar.org).
We believe the new site provides a substantial improvement in both usability and data capabilities. We hope you enjoy and find this new site to be very useful to you.

Instead of just searching for Patriots, the new site allows searching within several different categories from the main page:
• Patriot
• SAR Member
• Descendants (limited data)
• Biographies

Additionally, search options are available for the last name, which include:
• Exact matching
• Begins With
• Contains
• Sounds Like (e.g. soundex)

Enhanced Biography Support and Reporting
This new site supports:
• Multiple Biography entries per Patriot record.
• The ability to use rich-text formatting for the biographies going forward, which will significantly improve formatting of that data.
• Because of the enhanced formatting capabilities, it is now much simpler (and encouraged) to include footnotes and references to other source materials for a given patriot.
• Better ability to credit the appropriate Chapter with submission given the leverage of SAR HQ data (noted below in more detail).

Unlimited Headstones
The site now supports effectively unlimited number of Headstones per Patriot record.
Browser navigation works as expected
The website is based on standard web technologies, so the browser interaction (hitting return to submit forms, the back button, etc) all work as expected.
Additionally, there are many more hyperlinks to navigate throughout the website, including links directly to DAR GRS entries where applicable.
Mobile Friendly
We’ve made significant efforts to make this site mobile friendly (tablets / phones).

Visualization of Information
In the old system, all data was associated solely to a Patriot record. You navigate to that Patriot record in order to see associated data. This was extremely limiting in terms of both search and presentation capabilities. This new system has the ability to view relationships between membership and patriots from either direction For example, viewing a member to see associated Patriot records.
Patriot record searches make it obvious which records have applications, biographies and headstones associated.

Leverage Data from NSSAR HQ
We added the ability to import data from HQ for several components:
• Member information – non-privileged data (Names, National#, and Society/State)
• All known associations of Members and their proven Patriots (this includes supplemental info)
• Info on all the Societies/States and their Chapters
This is based on the same information as the current membership database.

Going forward, we can utilize future data imports to make the data within this site much more current than the old system could ever have been. While the National data does not associate a Member to a Patriot P#, we still can see and utilize that relationship and make it available to be seen. These entries are marked unindexed on the site.

By leveraging the SAR HQ data, we significantly improve the overall data quality on this site, and gain access to significantly more data. While not all applications are indexed to specific Patriot Records, this new data import provides more than 24,000 additional applications in the SAR Patriot Research System than was in the previous Patriot Index system. The last data import was from Jan 8, 2018 and included all new members to that point in time, providing very current information.

Record Copies
Still not available online (no change in that regard), however, it should be significantly easier to find appropriate information and record copies.


December 2017 Upcoming Events

November 23, 2017

December 2, 2017 – George Washington Chapter will be recognizing eleven Eagle Scouts from Troop 1393 in Peters Township. The Scout Master, Eric Rauscher will be receiving the Good Citizenship Medal as well. The George Washington Chapter Color Guard will assist in the ceremonies. All George Washington Compatriots are encouraged to attend.

December 9, 2017 – Meeting/Luncheon: 12 Noon – Ramada Inn, Washington, PA.

December 16, 2017 – Wreaths Across America: 12 Noon – Cemetery of The Alleghenies. All George Washington Chapter Compatriots are welcomed to attend.)

For more information on any of these events, contact the George Washington Chapter Secretary.


History Channel “Sons of Liberty” Three Part Miniseries

January 19, 2015

History Channel Son's of Liberty

We are excited to announce the upcoming “Sons of Liberty” show to broadcast on the History Channel starting on Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 9:00 PM. The show will feature the pursuits of the Sons of Liberty, which included Sam Adams, Paul Revere, and John Hancock. The show will also portray John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson. Not since the 2008 HBO “John Adams” series has a comprehensive illustration of Revolutionary War Era historical figures been created.

Sons of Liberty Infographic

You can find more information, including interactive activities, at the History Channel’s Sons of Liberty website. 


August 2013 George Washington Chapter Newsletter

August 24, 2013

 

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Here you will find the August 2013 Newsletter for the George Washington Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. The August 2013 chapter luncheon meeting will be held at Cross Creek Park on Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 3:30 PM (*please note the time, which is not listed in the newsletter.*) To find out more information about the meeting and how to attend, please click on the newsletter link above. We encourage everyone to attend, including community members who may not be SAR members.


Welcome to our new blog!

September 5, 2011

The George Washington Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of the Sons of the American Revolution would like to formally welcome you to our new blog! Our chapter is based out of Washington, PA, which has a rich history in the French & Indian and Revolutionary War Eras. We have approximately 85 members many of whom attend our meetings that are held on every third Saturday of every-other-month in various locations within the local Western Pennsylvania region.

We encourage you to visit our website and offer any comments and suggestions for content that we may include within our blog. Additionally, we invite you to attend any of our meetings and events and consider joining the Sons of the American Revolution as we continue to expand our membership.