- the institutions of American freedom
- an appreciation for true patriotism
- a respect for our national symbols
- the value of American citizenship
- the unifying force of e pluribus unum that has created, from the people of many nations, one nation and one people.
The SAR is a "lineage" society. This means that 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. Support can include military service, government service, providing supplies to the military, taking an oath of allegiance to the cause, and many other possibilities. Basically anything that helped further the cause of freedom from the Crown. If you have relatives that have been in the DAR or SAR, then you are probably eligible to join. If you think you have a patriot ancestor or if you are not sure, you are more than welcome to visit. We can help you with your research.
Using the nav bar at the top of the page, download a blank application. Provide as much information on your lineage going back to your patriot as possible. It's not a big deal if you don't know all of the dates and places. Assemble all of your documentation. You will need copies of birth, death, and marriage records for the first couple of generations. Bring what you have to one of our meetings, and the chapter genealogist will look it over and help you complete the application. Once the application is complete, it will be submitted for approval. Final approval can take anywhere from 2-6 months. I think recently it is taking about 3 months. If you have any questions, contact the chapter genealogist via e-mail. E-mail addresses for all of our officers can be found by clicking on "Get to Know Us" on the nav bar then clicking on "Our Officers."
Our chapter genealogist has just prepared a guide highlighting some genealogy resources that you may not have known about.
The Fernando de Leyba Chapter is comprised of Compatriots in the East Central MO area, meeting at 7:00 PM the 2nd Monday of every month (except during the months of July and August) at Culpeppers Restaurant located on 3010 W. Clay St. Charles, MO. Although our Chapter used to be small, it has been growing(almost 50). Join us and see what you have been missing. We meet in the banquet room at Culpeppers. Compatriots usually start arriving between 6:00 and 6:30 and we have an informal dinner and socialize. Our meeting starts at 7:00 and usually lasts no longer than one hour. Next comes our speaker for the night which can be on any topic. Recent topics have included George Rogers Clark, astronomy, Iraq, genealogical research, and the U.S.S. Missouri, a newly built and about to be commissioned nuclear attack submarine.
Spouses are always welcome as are prospective members. If you need help with your application, don't worry. Our chapter genealogist is quite talented and willing to work with you.
SAR sponsors an annual contest open to high school students that challenges them to write an essay about patriotism and American History. The Knight essay contest provides a small prize to the winner. Our chapter had started to encourage participation in this contest and we just selected our winning essay that will be submitted to the state society. The winning state essay will compete for national honors. Congrats to Meredith Pool, who will represent the Fernando de Leyba chapter at the state level competition.
Don Fernando de Leyba was appointed governor of Upper Louisiana in June 1778. Though Spain was neutral until 1779, de Leyba contacted George Rogers Clark prior to this and provided support to the Americans.
Fernando de Leyba was responsible for the construction of Fort San Carlos to defend St. Louis. The British, along with Native American allies attacked on May 26, 1780 but were forced to retreat. In 1803 a tornado badly damaged the fort, taking the roof off. Due to Indian scares, the fort was repaired in 1804 and was demolished in 1853.
We remember the crucial and not widely known support our ancestors received from Spain and honor it by naming our chapter after Fernando de Leyba.
As part of the 250th birthday celebration of St. Louis, the Post Dispatch has been running a series of articles about the founding of St. Louis. Compatriot Dennis Hahn was recently interviewed for an article than appeared in the March 9, 2014 edition, about Fernando de Leyba and the Battle of fort San Carlos.
2014 Chapter Meetings
- April 14
- May 12
- June 9
- September 8
- October 13
- November 10
- December 8
Chapter Events and Observances
|Day & Date||Place & Time||Event|
|April 25-26, 2014||Independence, MO||124th Annual MOSSAR convention hosted by the Harry S Truman chapter|
|May 4, 2014||17th anniversary of the Fernando de Leyba chapter (chartered May 4, 1997)|
|May 8, 2014||Truman Day honors Pres. Truman, Missouri's only president|
|May 25, 2014||Missouri History Museum, Forest Park 2:00 PM||Commemoration of the Battle of Fort San Carlos, the only Revolutionary War battle west of the Mississippi River. Also NSSAR National Event, for color guard.|
|May 25, 2014||Ball Park Village, St. Louis 5:00 PM||Dedication of the NSSAR/MOSSAR plaque commemorating the 250th Anniversary of St. Louis and the 234th Anniversary of the Battle of Fort San Carlos. Also a NSSAR National Event, for color guard.|
|May 26, 2014||Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis County, MO 10:00 AM||Memerial Day ceremonies|
|May 26, 2014||Cold Water Creek Cemetery, St. Louis County, MO 10:00 AM||Memorial Day ceremonies|
|June 14, 2014||Flag Day|
|July 4, 2014||Independence Day|
|July 19-23, 2014||Hyatt Regency Greenville, Greenville SC||124th Annual NSSAR Congress|
|September 1, 2014||Labor Day|
|September 11, 2014||Patriot Day honoring the victims of the 9-11 terrorist attacks|
|September 17, 2014||Constitution/Citizenship Day|
|September 19, 2014||National POW/MIA Recognition Day|
|September 28, 2014||Gold Star Mother's Day honoring those who have lost a child serving with the US Armed Forces|
|November 11, 2014||Veterans Day|
|November 27, 2014||Thanksgiving Day|
|December 7, 2014||Pearl Harbor Day|
|December 13, 2014||Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis County MO 11:00 AM||National Wreaths Across America|
|December 15, 2014||Bill of Rights Day|
|June 27-July 1, 2015||The Galt House, Louisville KY||125th Annual NSSAR Congress|