RECENT CHAPTER ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS:
The Sons of the American Revolution is :
> The largest male lineage society where each member has traced their family tree back to a point of having an ancestor who supported the cause of American Independence during the years 1774-1783.
> An organization that perpetuates the American ideals established through the war for independence in founding our nation.
> A historical, educational and patriotic non-profit corporation chartered by an Act of the United States Congress on June 9, 1906 and signed by President Theodore Roosevelt, who was a member .
The SAR seeks to maintain and expand the meaning of patriotism, respect for our national symbols, the value of American citizenship, and the unifying force of “e pluribus unum” that was created from the people of many nations — one nation and one people.
We are the “Cradle of Texas” chapter because Stephen F. Austin, the Father of Texas, began his colony where Brazoria, Matagorda and Wharton Counties were later established. He selected this area because of its fertile soil and abundant game, and access to the interior via the Brazos and Colorado Rivers. When Austin’s colonists arrived in the early 1820s, they found a rich new wild land and Indians similar to what the Pilgrims found in New England in the 1620s.
The Cradle of Texas Chapter of the Texas Society of the Sons of the American Revolution was chartered in 1983 and serves Brazoria, Matagorda, Wharton Counties and the surrounding areas. We are a proud part of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. Our members’ ancestors were original settlers of America and most of them who fought in the Revolutionary War were hard working farmers who were as good with a plow as they were with a musket. We would like to help you become a member. The Ed Butler video below provides a broad overview of the SAR organization and purpose.
What We Do
We participate in activities that foster patriotism, education and history of our American heritage in our community. We want to unite and promote fellowship among the descendants of the Patriots of the Revolution and to inspire awareness in the community at large for the principles of the government founded by our forefathers. We do this by perpetuating the stories of patriotism, courage, sacrifice, tragedy, and triumph of the men who achieved the independence of the American people. We believe that these stories of man’s struggle against tyranny are relevant to all time, and that they will inspire and strengthen each succeeding generation as it too is called upon to defend our freedoms on the battlefield and in our public institutions.
We encourage historical research in relation to the American Revolution and we strive to acquire and preserve the records of service of the patriots of the war including related documents, relics and landmarks.
We celebrate the anniversaries of prominent events of the Revolutionary War period. We help foster patriotism and the institutions of American freedom as expressed in the Declaration of Independence, our Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
The SAR strives to remind us about who we Americans are as a nation and how our governing principles came into being through the grit and determination of our patriot ancestors. For a little further insight on the passion and portrait of our earliest leader, please read Compatriot Tom Green’s delightful compilation speech on President George Washington.
Sons of the American Revolution
Dr. William J. Griffiths, III, Chapter President
Cradle of Texas Chapter #33