November / December 2021 George Washington Chapter Newsletter

November 15, 2021

November / December 2021 Newsletter Highlights

  • The December 2021 chapter meeting at the Union Grill in Washington on Saturday, December 4, 2021 at 11:30 AM.
  • 2022 membership dues deadline is November 30, 2021.
  • Awards presented to Michael and Nancy Sippey, Dorothy Bewick, Robert Frazier, Michael Pattison, and Thomas Carson.
  • Ken Cherry presented a program on explorer Christopher Gist.
  • $10,000 grant received from the Washington County Community Foundation for the cemetery signs program.
  • New Compatriots welcomed, including Gary, Christopher, & Alan Coates; Bryan Cunning; Arthur & Alexander Boyd Keys; Brandon & Michael Kuhlman; John Mathues; Joel Zupancic; and Hunter & Fisher Haight.
  • Wreaths Across America will occur on Friday, December 17th from 3 until 5 PM; Saturday December 18th and Sunday December 19th from 9 AM until noon at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies.

September / October 2021 George Washington Chapter Newsletter

October 2, 2021

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September / October 2021 Newsletter Highlights

  • The October chapter meeting to be held at Breezy Heights Tavern on Saturday, October 16, 2021 at Noon. Reservations deadline is Friday, October 8, 2021.
  • The annual picnic was held on Saturday, August 21, 2021 in partnership with local CAR and DAR chapter members.
  • Newest Compatriot Mark Pearson is welcomed to the chapter.
  • 2022 SAR dues need to be paid by the end of November 2021.
  • The annual Wreath Across America ceremony will occur on Saturday, December 18, 2021 at Noon at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies.
  • The 2024 NSSAR Annual Congress will be held in Lancaster, PA.

George Washington Chapter Color Guard Participates in 2021 Fort Henry Days

September 27, 2021

The color guard of the George Washington chapter participated in the opening ceremonies of Fort Henry Days on Saturday, September 4, 2021 in Wheeling, WV.


George Washington Chapter Participates in 2021 Whiskey Rebellion Festival

July 19, 2021

From L-R: Chip Zelch, A. J. Swerbensky, Gary Timmons, Kurt Winter, Ron Miller & Michael Merryman


George Washington Chapter Participates in 2021 Claysville Memorial Day Parade

June 14, 2021

Chapter Member Roger Wissinger Discovers Patriot Ancestor

June 14, 2021

After researching my family’s connection to early American history, I discovered that my fourth great-grandfather, Ludwig Wissinger, was a Revolutionary War veteran and is buried in the private Wissinger Family Cemetery in Johnstown, PA. I visited his gravesite and placed a wreath on his grave marker during the Wreaths Across America event.

While in the Continental Army, he served with the 3rd Battalion German Regiment of Maryland under the command of Col. Nicholas Hussecker and with the 3rd Battalion Bedford County Militia. He fought in numerous major battles, including the Battles of Concord, Trenton, Princeton, Brandywine, Germantown, and Sullivan’s Campaign against the Iroquois Indians. He also served at Valley Forge in 1778 under the command of General George Washington.

He received his discharge on July 20, 1779, at the age of 23. Eighteen years later in 1797, Ludwig helped to clear 300 acres of wilderness in Cambria County. He worked with Joseph Jones to lay out the city of Johnstown, PA. He built a new house at what is now the corner of Bedford and Penrod Streets and gave land near his home for the first schoolhouse.

He expired on May 6, 1842, at the age of 86. Ludwig, his wife Susanna, and 17 family members are buried in the family cemetery at the corner of Riffith, Ruby, and Penrod Streets. This site is now a national historic landmark.

Roger Wissinger

Pennsylvania Society George Washington Chapter


2021 Wreaths Across America Mobile Exhibit

June 14, 2021

For the second year the George Washington Chapter hosted 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 the exhibit was 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 had an SAR information table set up as well as accepted 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.


May / June 2021 George Washington Chapter Newsletter

June 1, 2021
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May / June 2021 Newsletter Highlights

  • Chapter meeting will be Saturday, June 19, 2021 @ 12:00 PM at Meadowcroft Museum of Rural Life.
  • Reservations for meeting attendance must be made prior to Saturday, June 12, 2021.
  • The chapter retained the “most active PASSAR chapter” plaque for chapters with 100+ members.
  • Nominations for the SAR flag certificate can be sent to Kurt Winter.
  • Volunteers needed for both the Wreaths Across American Mobile Exhibit as well as for the Whiskey Rebellion.
  • New compatriots welcomed: Kevin Burne, Clark John Hagan, and Junior Member Julian Bennett Lombardi Thomas.
  • The Revolutionary Soldier Memorial sign program has commenced in Washington County, PA.

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!  


March / April 2021 George Washington Chapter Newsletter

April 3, 2021
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March / April 2021 Newsletter Highlights

  • Chapter meeting on Saturday, April 17, 2021 @ 12:00 PM at Century Inn
  • Reservations for meeting attendance must be made prior to Saturday, April 10, 2021
  • New compatriot welcomed: Captain Thomas “Tim” Thomassy
  • New Whiskey Rebellion Museum to be featured in Washington, PA
  • The Whiskey Rebellion Festival will occur on Saturday, July 17, 2021