RHODE ISLAND SONS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
Historical Publications:

Click HERE for the first RISR Record book 1896-1898.

Click HERE for the Second RISR Year Book 1902.

About the Rhode Island Chapter

Our Mission

The Sons of the Revolution was founded in 1876 by members of the Society of the Cincinnati wishing to broaden participation in preserving the American Heritage on the eve of this country's centennial. Its mission is to promote knowledge and appreciation of the achievement of American independence and to foster fellowship among its members. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational organization devoted to the principles and ideals of its founders, the modern Society maintains its headquarters, in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia with 30 societies in the United States and Europe.

 

The Rhode Island Society was formed in Newport on August 29, 1896. The Rhode Island Society was founded on September 26, 1896, by the following Newport gentlemen:W. Walter Sherman, John P. Sanborn, E.W. Higher, Frederick Tompkins, Horatio R. Storer, Frederick P. Garrettson, Risbrough Hammett Tilley, David Stevens, William Green Ward, Jr., Samuel P. Colt, Henry L. Greene, Charles Howland Russell, O.H.P. Belmont, Joshua Wilbour, William L. Tilley and Perry Tiffany.

 

August 16, 2017 - Rhode Island Sons of the Revolution Grants
 

Rhode Island Society, Children of the American Revolution
The Rhode Island Society recently honored the Rhode Island Society, Children of the American Revolution with a donation to subsidize their meetings, insuring that meeting fees for CAR members will be held at an amount that will attract all members to the CAR meetings.


RI SR President Bruce MacGunnigle (center) presents a check to Senior State President Lisa Daly (left), and President Carly Weaver at the RI CAR’s Annual meeting held on Saturday, March 25, 2017. Mr. MacGunnigle was a RI CAR member over 60 years ago.

The Rhode Island Historical Society
The Rhode Island Society recently honored the Rhode Island Historical Society (RIHS) with a donation to continue digitizing its collection of Revolutionary War era books and pamphlets, some of which have been in the RIHS’s collection since its founding in 1822.



Photo Credit J. D. Kay

RI SR President Bruce MacGunnigle (center) presents a check to RIHS Executive Director Dr. Morgan Grefe, and Librarian Phoebe Bean, holding a copy of a book published by James Franklin, nephew of Benjamin Franklin. The presentation took place at the 1821 Aldrich House, headquarters of the RIHS, and former home of Winthrop W. Aldrich (shown in the portrait), U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom 1953-1957.

Newport Historical Society
The Rhode Island Society recently honored the Newport Historical Society (NHS) with a donation to continue the restoration of the 1697 Wanton-Lyman-Hazard House as it’s Museum of the American Revolution. The house is the oldest surviving house in Newport, where many of the historic houses were destroyed during the British occupation of 1776-1779.

 
RI SR President Bruce MacGunnigle presents the check to NHS Deputy Director Ingrid Peters.  The presentation took place at the NHS’s headquarters under the watchful gaze of the bewigged .John Gidley, Sr. (1671-1718), a judge of the Rhode Island Vice Admiralty Court.

 

The Nathanael Greene Homestead
The Rhode Island Society recently honored the Nathanael Greene Homestead Association with a donation to continue clearing the modern forest from what was originally the pastures surrounding the home of Major General Nathanael Greene, located in Coventry, RI.


 
RI SR President Bruce MacGunnigle (left) presents a check to Homestead President David M. Procaccini under the approving gaze of General Greene. The presentation took place at the 1770 Homestead, which has been restored by the Association, which has owned the property since 1919.

The Artillery Company of Newport
The Rhode Island Society recently honored the Artillery Company of Newport with a donation to repair the truck and carriage that they use to transport their 4 brass cannons, cast by non-other than Paul Revere.



 

RI SR President Bruce MacGunnigle (left) presents a check to Col. Robert Edenbach, Commanding officer of the ACN at their 217th Annual Meeting. The Artillery Company of Newport was chartered in 1741 by the RI General Assembly during the reign of King George II, and is the oldest military company in the United States.

The Varnum House Museum
The Rhode Island Society recently honored the Varnum House Museum of East Greenwich, RI with a donation to continue restoration of the 1773 mansion built by General James Mitchell Varnum in 1773 as his home. The funds will be specifically used to help upgrade the electrical wiring.


RI SR President Bruce MacGunnigle (front row left) presents a check to Barbara Weaver, Vice President and Curator of the Varnum House Museum, and Trustee William M. Weaver, also an RI SR member. A contingent from the Varnum Continentals Historic Militia unit shows their support in the back row. The 1773 Varnum House was purchased by the Varnum Continentals in 1939 to protect the property, and honor their namesake, General James Mitchell Varnum, who was commander of one of Washington’s brigades at Valley Forge, and one of the brigades at the 1778 Battle of Rhode Island, the largest land battle of the American Revolution. Mr MacGunnigle served as president of the Varnum Continentals 1993-2012.
 
 
The Rhode Island Sons of the Revolution host an Independence Day celebration at Newport's historic Washington Square.
 
Below: Newport Artillery Company salutes the Revolution and General Washington who reviewed the troops here.

Rhode Island Sons of the Revolution

President: Bruce C. MacGunnigle
1st Vice President: Roy Lauth
2nd Vice President: John W. Adams
Secretary: Rufus Meadows
Treasurer: F. Bruce Westgate
Historian
: John Hattendorf
Registrar: John T. Duchesneau

President Emeritus: Col. Frank S. Hale, II

 

Rhode Island Chapter Email    rhodeislandsons@gmail.com

When emailing, be sure to put Sons of the Revolution in the Subject line.
 

How to Join the RISR

Any male person of good character, and lineal descendant of one who, as a military, naval or marine officer, soldier, sailor, or marine, in actual service, under the authority of any of the thirteen Colonies or States or of the Continental Congress, and remaining always loyal to such authority, or a lineal descendant of one who signed the Declaration of Independence, or of one who, as a member of the Continental Congress, or of the Congress of any of the Colonies or States, or as an official appointed by or under the authority of any such legislative bodies, actually assisted in the establishment of American Independence by services rendered during the War of the Revolution, becoming thereby liable to conviction of treason against the Government of Great Britain, but remaining always loyal to the authority of the Colonies or States, or, who served honorably in a military or naval expedition against the British during the War of the Revolution under the authority of the French or Spanish Governments shall be eligible to membership in the Society. Both Senior and Junior (the latter under the age of eighteen years) memberships are available.

For information on joining the Rhode Island Chapter, refer to the "Qualifications for Membership" at the site of The General Society Sons of the Revolution.

Click HERE for the SR Membership Application

Links:
General Society Sons of the Revolution www.sr1776.org/
Qualifications for Membership www.sr1776.org/membership.php

 

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