The Tiadaghton Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) held their fall dinner meeting Oct. 22 at the First United Methodist Church in Muncy. This was the first dinner meeting of the 2013-14 year with 52 members and guests attending.
Chapter president, Tom Gouldy, reported that the Monument Project remains on hold due to the initial site rejection received from the state Game Commission. To honor the 25 plus revolutionary soldiers buried in the area, the preferred site for the monument is the entrance to the area known locally as "the ordinance" at the intersection of Mill Road and Alvira Road in the White Deer Valley. Discussions will be held with state representatives to appeal the decision of the commission.
Chapter secretary and registrar Paul Metzger reported that membership continues to grow with the addition of two new members since the spring meeting. Metzger also reported on the chapters' continued support of the Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout program with the presentation of 29 certificates of recognition so far this year. Individuals achieving Eagle Scout rank are eligible to receive scholarships from the SAR and the certificate of recognition includes an application for these scholarships.
The dinner meeting was followed with a photo slide presentation by Robert Kane of local historic houses with old and contemporary pictures highlighting architectural features and how the houses have changed over time.
Kane is president and CEO of Divine Providence Hospital and is a noted collector and local historian. While Kane specializes in the history and architecture of Williamsport's earliest structures including homes on Millionaire's Row, he is also an amateur archeologist, treasure hunting and digging for old glass bottles. Additionally, he is an expert in Victorian furniture design and restoration. He worked to purchase and restore the Rowley House, which is now a museum, and he continues to support it as an active board member of Preservation Williamsport.
Most recently he was presented with the Lycoming County Historical Society's President's Award for Volunteer of the Year.
The Sons of the American Revolution is a leading male lineage society that perpetuates the ideals of the war for independence. As a historical, educational and patriotic, non-profit corporation, the SAR seeks to maintain and expand the meaning of patriotism, respect for national symbols and the value of American citizenship. Men are eligible for membership with proof of lineal descent of an ancestor who was loyal to, and rendered active service in, the cause of American independence. Interested individuals should contact Paul Metzger at 570-435-0025 to start the membership application process.