2017 SAR Congress

Knoxville, TN

July 6-13


For Reservations:
You can call the hotel at 865-523-2300, ext. 323 or use the following web address: Hilton Knoxville
Make sure you tell them it is for the SAR or you will not get the correct rate of $129 per night plus tax. Please include the following details when booking your room at the Hilton Knoxville:
Hotel: Hilton Knoxville
Group Name: NSSAR
Arrival Date: 07-Jul-2017
Departure Date: 13-Jul-2017

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“The SAR Congress You’ll Not Want to Miss!”

July 6 – 13, 2017 – Knoxville, Tennessee


TENNESSEE SAR extends a special invitation to attend “The Congress You’ll Not Want to Miss!”  The 2017 SAR Congress begins in 80 days, Thursday, July 6 to Thursday, July 13, in Knoxville.

In a series of documents below, I outline many of the Special Events at Congress, lodging options, side trip tips for making sight-seeing plans, and things you can do while in Knoxville.   We hope you will share this information with all the members in your State Society.  We want every member to understand that they are especially invited and are welcome to attend. Please share broadly each of these informative Congress Planning documents.

Knoxville is a great American city, centrally located in the Eastern United States.  New York City, Tampa, New Orleans, Kansas City, Green Bay and all points between are just a long day drive to Knoxville.  And, there is an airport.  Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Knoxville was established in 1786, a year before the US Constitution was adopted.  It was established as the Territorial Capital in 1790, and became the first capital of Tennessee in 1796.  The majestic Tennessee River and the University of Tennessee anchor the heart of the city which is located just minutes from the most visited of the 59 specially designated National Parks – Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2016 had more than 10 million visitors.

Steeped in rich early American history, one of the foremost Genealogical Research Libraries specializing on the westward migration is located three blocks from the host hotel, as are nearby museums, art galleries, and one of the most exciting outdoor downtown districts in the country, Market Square.  Miss this Congress and you’ll miss one of the best! 

Make plans to attend, today!

Document 2 will include hotel/lodging and travel information.

Document 3 will describe special events, including golf, tours, luncheons, and banquets.

Document 4 will introduce the special guest speaker and book signing opportunity.

Document 5 will describe dining options for state delegations.

Document 6 will describe genealogical research opportunities.

Document 7 will describe a few side trip tips suggestions.

Document 8 will describe how to purchase Congress Medals, Coin, Pins, and Rifle Raffle Tickets.

****Registration Information ****

For more information, please contact Host Society 2017 SAR Congress Chair Rick Hollis

Hollis1776@att.net | 615.812.2648 m | tnssar.org



Registration/Credentials – Host Hotel

FRIDAY, July 7

ExCom/Foundation Meeting - Host Hotel

Golf Scramble – Three Ridges Golf Course - Knoxville

GUIDED TOUR 1:  Overmountain Men

[Sycamore Shoals at Fort Watauga, Amis Mill and Home, Crockett Tavern]

Cocktail Reception with Heavy Hors d'oeuvres and Tour - East Tennessee History Center


GUIDED TOUR 2:  Born in the Backwoods

[Cumberland Gap and the Museum of Appalachia]

Host Society Reception and BBQ – Historic James White Fort

SUNDAY, July 9

SELF GUIDED TOUR:  Frontier History and Natural Beauty in Cades Cove

Color Guard Breakfast

Final Trustees Meeting - Host Hotel

Color Guard Parade from Hotel to Church

Memorial Service – First Baptist Knoxville

Ladies Tea – First Baptist Knoxville

General Society War of 1812 Reception and Tour – Blount Mansion

Genealogy Seminar – Host Hotel

Orations Contest Finals – Host Hotel

MONDAY, July 10

Color Guard Presentation of Colors to Open Congress – Host Hotel

Opening and Second Sessions of Congress - Host Hotel

Youth Luncheon - Convention Center

Minute Man Awards Presentation / Awards Ceremony - Host Hotel

TUESDAY, July 11

SAR District Breakfast Meetings – Host Hotel

Third Session of Congress - Host Hotel

VPG/GWEF, PG Luncheon – Host Hotel

First Lady’s Luncheon – Cherokee Country Club

Voting for SAR Officers – Host Hotel

President General Banquet - Convention Center

Special Guest Speaker – Historian and Pulitzer Prize Winning Author Jon Meacham

Color Guard Command Change Ceremony – Convention Center


Closing Session of Congress – Host Hotel

New Trustees Meeting - Host Hotel

GUIDED TOUR 3:  Ssshhhh!!!  America’s Secret City [Oak Ridge]

Installation Banquet - Convention Center


ExCom/Foundation Meeting - Host Hotel