SBC-SAR Banner SAR Badge with Eagle, courtesy of National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.  Click image for more information. View from the Saratoga Battle field, courtesy Saratoga National Historcal Park.  Click image to go to the SNHP website. Saratoga Battle Monument, Schuylerville, NY.  Click image for more information.  Photo by Evelyn Austin Philip Schuyler House, image source unknown.  Click image for information about the Schuyler House.  The Hudson River valley viewed from the Saratoga Battlefield.  Click here for information about events in the area surrounding the Battlefield.  Photo by Dennis Gill Booth Saratoga Battle Chapter
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Welcome to the Saratoga Battle Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution website.

The Saratoga Battle Chapter is one of the larger chapters within the Empire State Society, and is chartered by the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. Many of our members reside in, or have a connection to, the Capital District/Saratoga region of New York State, which our chapter covers geographically.

We are extremely proud to represent our Society in an area so rich in Revolutionary War history. The eventual American victory in the second battle that was fought here, and the resulting British surrender at Saratoga, (now Schuylerville), are considered to be the Turning Point of the American Revolution.

WHO WE ARE, AND WHAT WE DO

The Sons of the American Revolution (the "SAR") is a patriotic, historical and educational lineage society. The National Society was founded on April 30, 1889 and chartered by an Act of Congress on June 6, 1906. Societies exist in all fifty states and very likely a chapter can be found near you. We are non political and non sectarian. We are a society of gentlemen who enjoy the fellowship of a common interest and who want to preserve the memory of our Patriot Ancestors and keep the freedoms that they won for us with their service and sacrifices.

Our activities may include grave markings of patriot ancestors, displaying our flag, remembering American holidays such as Washington’s Birthday, July 4th, Flag Day, Constitution Day and Patriots Day, laying wreaths, sponsoring youth contests and programs that relate to the Revolutionary War history, recognizing members of the community, government and our uniformed services for exceptional or patriotic service and encouraging the preservation of Revolutionary War history.

HOW TO JOIN

Proving that you have a Patriot Ancestor can be challenging but it is far from impossible and, once it is proven, it is good for generations to come. Perhaps a family story places a forefather in the Revolutionary War or has them supporting the cause in another way. The ancestor need not have your last name and may be on either your maternal or paternal side, but you must document the direct line. If you have a possible ancestor, that's a good first step. Click on to the following link for help on joining.

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YOUTH IN SAR

SAR Contests & Awards, N.S.C.A.R, Youth Membership and Education Programs

The Saratoga Battle Chapter supports and participates in many of the youth programs sponsored by the Society. Information on the youth programs that we participate in can be found by clicking on the link below. Additional programs that we do not participate in can be found on the National SAR site.

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OUR CHAPTER HISTORY

Saratoga Battle Chapter came into existence in 1974 as the Admiral George Browne Capital District Chapter. In the ensuing nearly thirty years, the chapter was known as Yankee Doodle Chapter, Saratoga Battle-Yankee Doodle Chapter, and finally Saratoga Battle Chapter as it's known today.

One of the first projects undertaken by the chapter was the installation of a 200th anniversary monument at the Saratoga National Historical Park in August of 1974 (dedicated in 1977). Over the next several years, the chapter nearly fell into non-existence on more than one occasion, but survived through the actions and loyalty of a few key members. After changing the chapter name to Yankee Doodle, momentum and membership began to pick up, with the membership rising to forty members in 1982.

Over the period of the next several years, the chapter's membership began to take root in the community, continued to increase membership and awarded medals to deserving members of the community. The chapter's name was changed again in 1986 to Saratoga Battle-Yankee Doodle and was changed finally to Saratoga Battle in 1988. Saratoga Battle Chapter has had an on-going commitment to the study of the patriotic lineage of it's members, with particular attention to events concerning the Saratoga Battlefield and the National Cemetery.

Past Chapter Registrar Dennis Marr has compiled an engaging history of Saratoga Battle Chapter from records kept for the period 1974 to 1998. Here is an excerpt from his introduction:

"Our chapter has had a precarious existence over the past twenty-five years, nearly going defunct more than once. This should be an object lesson to all of us.... all that is required for a viable organization to become irrelevant and inactive is for its members to stop caring whether or not it does so..."

[Click Here for More Saratoga Battle Chapter history from 1974-1998]

FORMS AND BROCHURES

Information and forms needed to prepare application for membership and scholarships

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LINKS

Links Policy:

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Link Categories:

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UPCOMING CHAPTER EVENTS
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CHAPTER HIGHLIGHTS
2014 Surrender Day Ceremonies
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2014 Wreath Laying Ceremony
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2014 ESSSAR Annual Meeting News
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Saratoga Battle Chapter supports the Van Schaick Mansion Project
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2014 Annual Meeting and Washington's Birthday Dinner
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2013 Turning Point Parade
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July 4, 2013 10th Annual Citizenship Ceremony
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Graveside Service for Ronald E. Newton
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PHOTO HIGHLIGHTS

(L-r) Chapter President Tom Dunne, State Society President Duane Booth, Newly Elected Thousand Island Chapter President A. Parks Honeywell and State Society VP Capital Region J. Brian Fitzpatrick at the Bonnie Castle Resort, in Alexandria Bay, NY on October 02, 2014.  The happy occasion was the Thousand Islands Charter Celebration Day with over 40 members and guest attending; Saratoga Battle for the third time was the sponsor of a new chapter.  Parks will continue as a Dual Chapter Member in the Saratoga Battle Chapter.

(L-r) Chapter President Tom Dunne, State Society President Duane Booth, Newly Elected Thousand Island Chapter President A. Parks Honeywell and State Society VP Capital Region J. Brian Fitzpatrick at the Bonnie Castle Resort, in Alexandria Bay, NY on October 02, 2014. The happy occasion was the Thousand Islands Charter Celebration Day with over 40 members and guest attending; Saratoga Battle for the third time was the sponsor of a new chapter. Parks will continue as a Dual Chapter Member in the Saratoga Battle Chapter.

Photos From Our Activities and Events
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ARTICLES & EVENTS
Article & Events Archives
A collection of articles written by or about Saratoga Battle Chapter and our activities
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CHAPTER NEWSLETTER
* BATTLE LINES *
The quarterly newsletter of the Saratoga Battle Chapter
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STATE NEWSLETTER
* EMPIRE PATRIOT *
The quarterly newsletter of the Empire State (NY) Society
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CHAPTER OFFICERS
Thomas L. Dunne
President and Registrar
George F. Malinoski
1st Vice President
Michael S. Companion
2nd Vice President
David A. Marsh
Secretary
Douglas M. Gallant
Treasurer
Dennis F. Marr
Genealogist & Newsletter Editor
Karl L. Danneil
Historian
Charles W. Wheeler, Jr.
Chaplain
Primitivo Africa
Immediate Past President

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