My Visit to Townsends – In Search of Color Guard Clothing that Fits

On Tuesday January 17th, while taking a road trip from Cincinnati to Green Bay, my wife and I decided to stop by the Townsends World Headquarters in Pierceton, Indiana.

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State SAR Meeting – Cincinnati is hosting – May 4-6

The Cincinnati Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution are excited to host the upcoming OHSSAR State Meeting here in Cincinnati.

The event is scheduled from Thursday evening May 4 thru Saturday May 6th.

Timing and plans for all the events are being developed and we will need volunteers and participation from our Cincinnati and Ohio members.

We will need a strong participation from our nationally recognized Nolan Carson Color Guard.

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Cincinnati SAR – Chapter Committee Chairman – 2023 Updates

The Cincinnati Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (CCSAR) is proud to announce the roster of 2023 Chapter Committee Chairman.

This group of men are instrumental for making much of the mission of our patriotic chapter happen.

We are grateful for their service to each other, our community, the SAR, to Veterans, our Youth and Patriotism.

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Patriotic Reading – Youth Education

The Sons of the American Revolution has implemented a Patriotic Reading program.

George Stewart, President of our Cincinnati Chapter of the SAR introduced this program here in Cincinnati to add value to our existing and active Youth Education and Awards efforts.

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New US Citizens – Naturalization Ceremony – Jan 25, 2023

On Wednesday January 25th, there was a Naturalization which grants US citizenship to individuals who have gone through a formal and extensive admission process.

Jerry Knight of the Cincinnati Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution was there to welcome around 50 new citizens from 31 countries.

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Presidents Day – Celebration Luncheon – Lets Show Up in Force!

On February 18th, there will be a Presidents Day Celebration Luncheon.

America’s First Couple – Martha (she will be joining us) and George Washington

This will be a combination DAR, SAR and CAR event.

The Cincinnati Sons of the American Revolution Nolan Carson Memorial Color Guard will participate.

Cincinnati SAR Nolan Carson Memorial Color Guard

Also, other SAR members who have uniforms,or period attire are invited to dress as they would have in 1776.  Lets make this a true 1776 event!

There will be “The First, First Lady” Martha Washington as the guest keynote speaker.

Come join the participants and be one of the guests of honor!

Lets celebrate together and show our support!

Quick Highlights: 

When:  February 18th, 12:00 Noon,

Where:  Cincinnati Woman’s Club 330 Lafayette Ave, Cincinnati, OH  45219.

What do you need to do:  RSVP by 2/10 by email or phone.

How do I prepay:  Payments by check or Venmo option.

There is also a Kids menu!

The invitation is attached:

Presidents Day – Celebration Day – Invitation


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Cancelled – Color Guard Training Session – 1/22/2023

With regrets, our next practice session scheduled for Sunday January 22nd has been cancelled.

Periodically, we hold training sessions to practice our marching skills and work out kinks in our technique.

This session will be rescheduled to a later date.

Cincinnati SAR Color Guard executing a musket volley

Our chapter participates in numerous events showcasing our Color Guard.  This is a very serious responsibility and practice makes perfect.

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Thomas Paine – the true inspiration for the Declaration of Independence

Thomas Paine was one of the most influential founding fathers, however does not get much publicity or notoriety.

Thomas Paine

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Permanent Home for SAR Historical Records – Thank You!

Braving brutal weather elements (OK, a little rain), a group of SAR volunteers (self named the “CCSAR Self-Storage Brigade”) moved the first batch of “SAR Permanent Files” from Jack Bredenfoerder’s home.

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Who’s Birthday Is It? How About Cincinnati!

December 28th is the unofficial birthday of Cincinnati!

Cincinnati in 1800.

That’s right 234 years ago the first surveyors landed on the landing right around where Walnut street would meet the river today.  Gather around and let me tell you the story!

We begin in 1787 when a New Jersey Man named Mathias Denman decided to purchase  from John Cleves Symmes, 800 acres of land in south west Ohio between the Little and Great Miami rivers across from the mouth of the Licking river.

The river back then was much different then than it is today.  No dams, no maintained water levels, shallow in spots.

Denman had fought in the militia during the revolutionary war and took advantage of land grants awarded to him for his service. He owned land in Central Ohio as well as in Kentucky. He saw an opportunity to build a ferry over the Ohio River to Kentucky. It was also a great spot for a settlement.

He partnered with two men Robert Patterson and John Filson.  Robert Patterson who had been in Kentucky for a few years building a fort in what is now Georgetown, KY and helping to build the community of Lexington.  Patterson was in charge of finding settlers.  Deman also asked John Filson to join.

The Ichabod Kane like John Filson, was a teacher and a scholar.  He wrote the first “History of Kentucky”.  If it wasn’t for John Filson, Daniel Boone would not have been a household name.  Filson was in charge of surveying the land and mapping out the lots.

There was initial meeting in September of 1788.  The three land speculators with their team, met up with Symmes and his team to map out the 800 acres together.  On this trip Filson was separated from the group up near where Colerain Township is now and was never seen again.

Israel Ludlow who had been working for John Symmes took Filsons’ place in the group.  After meeting as a group, Patterson returned home to Lexington to advertise for settlers, Denman returned to New Jersey, and Ludlow to Limestone, now Maysville to gather supplies.  They made plans to return in early December 1788, however, due to ice in the river, they didn’t start out until December 28,1788.

Upon landing in the area, the first cabin was built by Joel Williams who was part of Ludlows’ survey team. It stood about where the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame is now. It was a very small two room cabin with a dirt floor and a fire place.

Next Joel build his own cabin which also doubled as a tavern.  It was located about where the fountains shoot out of the ground across from Morlein House.

Cincinnati just kept growing and changing and growing some more.   We are still changing and growing and making new history every day!

At first the city was named “Losantiville”. This name is made of four words from different languages. It means “The city opposite the mouth of Licking River”. “Ville” is French for city, “anti” is Greek for opposite, “os” is Latin for mouth and “L” is all that was involved with the Licking River.

We are so lucky to live in such an amazing town! Happy Birthday Cincinnati!

We sure do love you ! ❤️

Article submitted by George Stewart, President of the Cincinnati Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution

Below is also another article published about the founding of Cincinnati

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