December 16th, 2017

Texas South Branch Meeting

Welcomt to the Hilton Garden Inn TempleTexas South Branch meeting.

Time:  10:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Hilton Garden Inn, 1749 Scott Blvd, Temple, TX


New York Branch Meeting

Merchant House Museum

The Merchant’s House Museum was built in 1832 and was the home of businessman Seabury Tredwell, a Mayflower descendant, and his family for 100 years. Situated on East 4th Street, between Lafayette and the Bowery, amidst a bustling neighborhood undergoing significant restoration, the Museum is a National Historic Landmark as well as a New York State and City Landmark. The Museum interprets the life of a well-to-do family in the 1800s, and its floors are furnished with many of the family’s original furniture, decorative arts, and personal possessions.

The cost for the tour is $20 ($25 for guests), payable in advance.

Independence Day

Independence Day of the United States, also referred to as the Fourth of July or July Fourth in the U.S., is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, by the Continental Congress declaring that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation, the United States of America, and no longer part of the British Empire.

In 1775, people in New England began fighting the British for their independence. On July 2, 1776, the Congress secretly voted for independence from Great Britain. Two days later, on July 4, 1776, the final wording of the Declaration of Independence was approved, and the document was published. The first public reading of the Declaration of Independence was on July 8, 1776. Delegates began to sign the Declaration of Independence on August 2, 1776. In 1870, Independence Day was made an unpaid holiday for federal employees. In 1941, it became a paid holiday for them.

The first description of how Independence Day would be celebrated was in a letter from John Adams to his wife Abigail on July 3, 1776. He described “pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations” throughout the United States. However, the term “Independence Day” was not used until 1791.

South Carolina Branch Annual Meeting 2017


The South Carolina Annual Branch Meeting will be held at Tide Point 700 Tidepointe Way Hilton Head Island 29928. Meeting will start at 12:00 Noon. The cost is $17.00.

Gary Moore will speak on the “Witches of Salem”.

South Carolina Branch Fall Meeting


Peggy Pickett

Peggy Pickett

Spanish ship

Spanish ship

The Fall Branch Meeting will be held at Tide Point 700 Tidepointe Way Hilton Head Island 29928. Meeting will start at 12:00 Noon. The cost is $17.00.

Peggy Pickett will do a re-enactment of a Spanish Lady from Santa Elena. Santa Elena was the first Spanish settlement in the new world on what is currently Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina.

Indiana Branch Meeting



* Society of the War of 1812 *
* Sons of the Revolution *
* Society of Colonial Wars *
* Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims *

Business Meetings:
+9:30 – 10:00 Society of the War of 1812
10:00 – 10:30 Sons of the Revolution
10:30 – 11:00 Society of Colonial Wars
11:00 – 11:30 Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims
11:30 – 11:45 Break
11:45 – 12:00 Photo Opportunity with Group Pictures

Dress: Business Attire or Period Attire

12:00 Joint Luncheon

Topic: John Small

Speaker:  Jeff Jaeger

Co-author of the book John Small of Vincennes: Gunsmith on the Western Frontier.

New Jersey Branch Meeting

cranbury-inn-dinner-theaterOur spring meeting is scheduled for Saturday, May 6, 2017, at the Cranbury Inn. All are cordially invited to join us.

Luncheon Cost: $35.00

Program: The Putnams of Salem: A Family Divided
Speaker: George J. Hill, M.D., D.Litt.

Georgia Branch Meeting

Georgia Branch Meeting

Armed Forces Day


In the United States, Armed Forces Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in May. It falls near the end of Armed Forces Week, which begins on the second Saturday of May and ends on the third Sunday of May.

On August 31, 1949, Louis Johnson, who was the United States’ Secretary of Defense, announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy and Air Force Days. The event stemmed from the armed forces’ unification under one department – the Department of Defense.

According to the U.S. Department of Defense, the day was designed to expand public understanding of what type of job was performed and the role of the military in civilian life and a day for the military to show “state-of-the-art” equipment to Americans. It was also a day to honor and acknowledge Americans in the armed forces.

The first Armed Forces Day was celebrated on Saturday, May 20, 1950. The theme for that day was “Teamed for Defense”, which expressed the unification of all military forces under one government department.

Armed Forces Day was intended to replace the separate Army-, Navy-, Air Force-, Marine Corps- and Coast Guard Days, but the separate days are still observed, especially within the respective services. The Army, Navy and Air Force leagues adopted the newly formed day. The Marine Corps League declined to drop support for Marine Corps Day but supports Armed Forces Day too.