Cincinnati SAR Presents Revolutionary War Period History Demonstration atDudley Woods Park in Liberty Township

At 10 AM on Saturday, October 2, 2021 a contingent of the Cincinnati Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (CCSAR) arrived at 5591 Hankins Rd, Liberty Township, OH and set up several displays and an area to give physical demonstrations of actions and activities from the 18 th century Revolutionary War Period. The reconstructed Gregory Log Cabin (circa late 1700s) enabled visitors to experience both the early heritage of Liberty Township and throughout the Colonies during our War with Britain.

This was the second time the CCSAR gave a Historic presentation the those who visited the park over the four hours, with only a little threatening rain to interfere. CCSAR’s Nolan Carson Memorial Color Guard Commander served as emcee and speaker at each of the six demonstrations, Tim Madden manned the information table, Mark Holland’s family showed colonial life in the tent they erected north of the Gregory Cabin, National and Regimental Colors were posted on the north lawn. In front of the split rail fence surrounding the Cabin Drs. Jeff Hartman and Michael Gunn set up tables demonstrating a myriad of items of the 18th Century in common use by soldiers and the public of the times. These included a rack of flintlock guns, a rack of the four main swords used in the Revolutionary War and a sundry of support items used daily; accompanied by explanations of their use.

Lt. Brad Jarard led six physical presentations, two musket salutes, two bayonet charges, and two uniform descriptions; with all members sharing close-up showing of their weapon parts and Guest Drummer Bart Hendershot talking about the importance of musicians in the Revolutionary War. The sixty+ attendees seemed to enjoy the event, particularly the children. Supporting CCSAR members: Michael Blum, Bob Bowers, George Stewart, Jeff Hartman, Doug Blake and Michael Gunn were happy to help keep the actions of our founding fathers alive and living in the minds and hearts of all attendees.

18th Century Artifact & weapons display
Close-up demonstration of Flintlocks

Bayonet Charge demonstration
Color Guard formation

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Cincinnati SAR Members Welcome New Citizens At Summit Country Day School

More than 60 new Citizens were Naturalized at a Ceremony starting at 10 AM on Friday, October 8th in the Auditorium of the Summit Country Day School, 2161 Grandin Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45208. The venue was declared a District Court by Presiding Magistrate Judge Stephanie Bowman. The prospective new citizens were socially distant but united with anticipation of their achieving the goals they’ve desired for a long time after much studying to pass the tests.

After Emily Hiltz, US District Court called the court in session members of Cub Scout Pack 191 & Junior Girl Scout Troop 41086 posted the colors and the children sang The Star Spangled Banner. Judge Bowman then greeted us all and introduced Mr. Richard Wilson, Head of the Summit. As the Names of the 30 Countries where these 60+ new citizens emigrated from were read each person stood. There was more singing by the students and then the Citizenship Ceremony including the Oath by the now new citizens, followed by Pledge of Alligiance.

The Naturalization Certificates were distributed in a social distanced manner with masks being worn by all present. A good many of our new citizens enjoyed a photo option with members of Cincinnati SAR in uniform. Welcomed to the USA in the manner we appreciate!

Taking the Oath of Allegiance
Posting our Colors
Photo ops with New Citizens

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Cincinnati SAR Posts Colors at the Cincinnati DAR 250 Patriots Marker Dedication

Having Posted the Colors we all say our pledge to the flag250-2

At 1:30 PM on Sunday, August 15, 2021 the Cincinnati Chapter of DAR held a dedication Ceremony for their 250 Patriots Marker Dedication at the Log Home built by James Kemper in the Sharon Woods Heritage Village area. After Cincinnati DAR Regent Laura Smith Babcock called the gathering of over 50 members, family and friends to order, a contingent of the Cincinnati SAR Nolan Carson Memorial Color Guard posted Colors followed by a pledge to our USA flag by Sarah Wessling an outstanding DAR Junior. The American Creed led by Samantha Banchstubbs and a moving Invocation by DAR Chaplain Kathryn Holman Schmid were the prompt for the Color Guard to retire to the sidelines.

The ceremonies continued with introductions and greetings by various dignitaries: Kathleen Dixon, OSDAR; Laura Kessler, National Historian General NSDAR; Nancy Wright, Vice President General, NSDAR; Sandy McCann, Honorary State Ohio DAR Regent; and Maggi Cobb-Wessling, Cincinnati DAR who chaired the organization of the 250th Patriots Marker placement and Ceremony. First, she thanked the Heritage Village Museum Board and its Director William Dichtl for approving the marker’s placement. Amore complete list of thanks to those who helped is listed in the Cincinnati DAR Program. She explained the background and significance of this marker in regard to its prelude to the USA’s celebrating the 250 anniversary of the founding of our great country, then unveiled the bronze plaque.

Subsequent to an enjoyable presentation by Steve Preston, who came the event as Reverend James Kemper the man that built the log cabin behind the DAR 250 Patriots Marker; members of the NCM Color Guard led by Sergeant Michael Gunn, with Bob Bowers, George Stewart, Rev. Ed Bonniwell and Drummer Bart  Hendershot moved to the mourn position as the Benediction.

              A Huzzah, to celebrate the unveiled 250 Patriot DAR Marker250-1

As we continue to prepare for the celebration of the 250 years since the founding of our country, reliving the hardship and risks endured by our ancestors, let us rejoice in the achievement of the model which has led to so many having freedom and liberties coupled with the responsibilities it brings. 

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Constitution Day

Cincinnati Chapter 2021 Constitution Day Luncheon

Signing Constitution

Where: Glenview Golf Course, 10965 Springfield Pike, Cincinnati
When: September 18th at 12:30 PM

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Revolutionary War Patriots of Color in Ohio

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Independence Day 2021

Since Independence Day 2014, the Cincinnati Chapter SAR has come together on July 4th at the Revolutionary War Soldier’s Memorial in Spring Grove Cemetery in remembrance of their service during our struggle for Independence from Great Britain and our Heritage as Americans today .

Each year we have had occasional visitors that witness the ceremony presented by our compatriots. For those that stumble upon our ceremonies during their passage through the cemetery on those beautiful summer afternoons–their encounter with history will be memorable. It provides them an opportunity to recall history lessons learned long ago, long before our current “woke” society came into being. Lessons on how and why we became the Grand Republic and Bastion of Liberty that attracts so many people around the globe seeking asylum and lives in America today.

This year’s casual visitors to our remembrance happened to be originally from the Ukraine and came to America 30 years ago, becoming citizens and contributors to society and their community. Their appreciation for patriotism was apparent–we were blessed to share this ceremony with them!

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Cincinnati Chapter Celebrated Flag Day Over the Weekend of 12th and 13th June

The Cincinnati Chapter gathered at the Golden Lamb Restaurant in Lebanon, Ohio for an Old Fashioned Sunday Dinner of Fried Chicken or Roasted Turkey with Mashed Potatoes & Gravy.

The gathering brought 48 members of the chapter with guests that included at least 3 local DAR Chapters: John Reily, Clough Valley and Nathaniel Sackett Chapters of the DAR.  The event was held in the President’s Dinning Room which was most appropriate considering the presentation made by our guest speaker, Joyce Lovins Browning. 

Ms. Browning portrayed Julia Boggs Dent Grant, the wife of President Ulysses Simpson Grant, our 18th President of the United States.  Her portrayal was extremely well done, capturing her life from the time she was a little girl on a Missouri Plantation through her marriage, the Civil War and the final passing of President grant from throat cancer.

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2021 Silverton/Deer Park/Sycamore Twp Memorial Day Parade

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Cincinnati SAR Hosts Ohio SAR Society’s Annual Meeting at the Hilton Netherland Plaza with Lytle Park Presentation

This past weekend (May 7 thru 9) delivered a flurry of activities for members of the Ohio Society and Cincinnati Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution; starting at the Netherland Plaza Hotel on May 8, 2021 at 9 AM with two Business Meetings including a proposal for a new Officers Slate.

BOM & General Membership Meeting

Then at Noon a Youth Awards Luncheon, Emceed by OHSSAR President Turner Lee Wilkerson, we recognized several young people from Ohio, including: #1) Jimmy Fraley from Cincinnati who was awarded a medal and scholarship in the Knight Essay contest; #2) Carissa Gallier from Cincinnati who places first in the Poster Contest; #3) Jackson S. Torrence from Cincinnati who placed first in the Brochure Contest and #4) Jackson Sturtevant from the Western Reserve Chapter who placed first in the prestigious Oration Contest.

#1, #4, #5, & #1

Youth Awards Luncheon in the Continental Room

The American History Teacher Contest winners were: Middle School, Ms. Julie Flack (2020) & Ms. Robin Hance (2019); High School Ms. Amy Elsass. Julie Flack who teaches at Pleasant Run Middle School in Cincinnati, Ohio and is sponsored by the Cincinnati Chapter with George Stewart of the chapter as her point of contact went on to place 2nd at the National Contest.

Later in the evening on Saturday, the State Society Awards Banquet was held in the Elegant Continental Room where the Keynote address was presented by Colonel Thomas Nelson Moe (Ret’d), who held the attention of the House with a moving delivery of his experiences. Many awards were presented and deserved by several members of the Ohio Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.

Sunday at 9 AM in the Rookwood Room was a Remembrance Service where Chaplain Dr. R. Edgar Bonniwell and Rev Matthew W. Hardman led a moving service. Many of our members who passed on were named and remembered.

Finally, at Lytle Park very near the site of Fort Washington built in Losantiville before it was renamed Cincinnati, more than 20 members of the combined Ohio & Cincinnati Nolan Carson Memorial Color Guards assembled to assist the City of Cincinnati in a dedication of a rejuvenated Flag Collection of the Colors which have flown over the United States of America since its founding in the late 18th Century.

President Turner Lee Wilkerson presided over the ceremony which was blessed with perfect weather between days of rain. Thanks to Brad Jarard of the Cincinnati Chapter for organizing another wonderful event. President Lee Wilkerson also arranged to surprise Bob Hill, OHSSAR Color Guard Commander and Brad Jarard, Cincinnati’s CG Commander with beautiful neck gorgets (Revolutionary War era items of Officer destinction) at the end of the ceremony. All in all a fitting way to punctuate a memorable Patriotic weekend.

Secretary McGraw presenting Leadership Awards to Color Guard Commanders Hill & Jarard
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The Ohio Society and The National Society SAR Honor the Winners of the 2020 Tom and Betty Lawrence American History Teacher Contest

This past Saturday, 8 May 2021, at the 132nd Annual Conference of the Ohio Society, we had the privilege of honoring two young ladies engaged in teaching our youngest citizens about the wonderful land they call home!

Mrs. Julie Flack, sponsored by the Cincinnati Chapter, and Mrs. Amy Elsass, sponsored by the Richard Montgomery Chapter, were celebrated as the Ohio Society’s First Place Winners of the Tom & Betty Lawrence American History Teacher Contest for 2020.  Julie teaches at the Middle School Level in Hamilton County and Amy teaches American History at the High School level in Montgomery County.

Additionally, Ms. Robin Hance, sponsored by the Cincinnati Chapter, was celebrated as the Tom & Betty Lawrence American History Teacher First Place Winner of 2019.

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Secretary Don McGraw, Committee Chairman Scott Moody, Julie Flack, Amy Elsass and Robin Hance

Each of the three ladies were presented with the SAR Silver Good Citizenship Medal and an icon of their profession and calling in the form of a Pewter Apple suitably engraved for the occasion.  Ohio Society American History Teacher Committee Chairman, Scott Moody along with Ohio Society Secretary, Don McGraw made the presentations with Society President Lee wilkerson witnessing the presentations from the podium.

But Wait…!    That’s Not All…!

On Wednesday, 12 May 2021, Tom Lawrence, President General 2015, announced the following winners of the National Society Contest:

The Third Place Winner for the High School Contest is Mrs. Amy Elsass, who teaches at Miamisburg High School in Miamisburg, Ohio.  She is sponsored by the Richard Montgomery Chapter of the Ohio Society.  Ronald Helms is the History Teacher Committee Chairman for the chapter.

And The Second Place Winner for the Middle School Contest is Mrs. Julie Flack, who teaches at Pleasant Run Middle School in Cincinnati, Ohio.  She is sponsored by the Cincinnati Chapter of the Ohio Society and George Stewart is the History Teacher Committee Chairman.  Scott Moody is the Ohio History Teacher Chairman.

Congratulations Ladies--The education of our younger citizens is of paramount importance to the future of our Grand Republic.  We are gratified to have that responsibility resting within the leadership of these three excellent citizens—these teachers of American History in our Public Schools!

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