email: sbarsar@gmail.com


President: Don Loper 

Secretary / Treasurer: Robert Niehaus - 

Registrar: Ron Zell 


Who Are the Sons of the American Revolution?

The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution was incorporated on January 17, 1890 in Connecticut and later chartered by an Act of the United States Congress on June 9, l906.  The charter was signed by President Theodore Roosevelt, who was also an early member of the Society.  The charter authorizes the granting of charters to societies of the various states and territories and authorizes the state societies to charter chapters within their borders.

The California Society of the Sons of the American Revolution was instituted October 22nd, 1875.  It was the first body in inception, institution and organization, to unite the descendants of Revolutionary patriots and perpetuate the memory of all those who took part in the American Revolution and maintained the Independence of the United States of America.  It was fully and completely organized on the 4th of July, 1876, under the name of “Sons of Revolutionary Sires.”  On the 30th of April, 1889, a number of similar co-equal Societies of different States formed a general Society under the name of “The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution,” in which movement this Society heartily co-operated and changed its name to The California Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, under which latter name it has been since known.  We have used the acronym SAR to identify ourselves for over l00 years.

The Santa Barbara Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution was founded in 1967.  In it’s  existence,  the SBARSAR has provided and supported  community service projects, memorials, gifts, awards, and scholarships to organizations throughout  Santa Barbara County. In addition, the Santa Barbara SAR regularly participates in patriotic and community events, such as Veterans  Day,  Memorial Day  and  July 4th Celebrations.  Meetings are on the 3rd Saturday of each month except for June, July, August, and December. 


  • The purposes and objectives of the SAR are: 
  • patriotic, 
  • historical, and 
  • educational, 
  • include those which are intended or designed to perpetuate the memory of the men & women who, by their services or sacrifices during the war of the American Revolution, achieved the independence of the American people;
  • to unite and promote fellowship among their descendants;
  • to inspire them and the community at large with a more profound reverence for the principles of the Government founded by our forefathers;
  • to encourage historical research in relation to the American Revolution; to acquire and preserve the records of the individual services of the patriots of the war, as well as documents, relics, and landmarks;
  • to mark the scenes of the Revolution by appropriate memorials; to celebrate the anniversaries of the prominent events of the war and of the Revolutionary period; to foster true patriotism;
  • to maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom, and to carry out the purposes expressed in the preamble to the Constitution of our country and the injunctions of Washington in his farewell address to the American people.

Who Can Join

The SAR is a "lineage" society, which means you must have an ancestor who supported the cause of American Independence during the years 1774-1783.

What We Do

We support excellence in teaching of American history. We participate in patriotic observances. We support research and preservation of historic material relating to the men and women who fought or gave service for Independence in the American Revolutionary War. We decorate the graves of Revolutionary War soldiers and patriots. We perpetuate the patriotism, courage, sacrifice, tragedy, and triumph of the individuals who achieved the independence of the American people in the belief that these stories are universal ones of man's eternal struggle against tyranny, relevant to all time, and 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. 

Membership Requirements

Any man shall be eligible for membership in this Society (Ladies are directed to the DAR) who: being of the age of eighteen years or over (children are directed to the CAR) and a citizen of good repute in the community, is the lineal descendant of an ancestor who was at all times unfailing in loyalty to and rendered active service in, the cause of American independence, either as an: officer, soldier, seaman, marine, militiaman or Minuteman, in the armed forces or the Continental Congress, or of any one of the several Colonies or States; or as a Signer of the Declaration of Independence, or as a member of a Committee of Safety or Correspondence; or as a member of any Continental, Provincial, or Colonial Congress or Legislature; or as a recognized patriot who performed actual service by overt acts of resistance to the authority of Great Britain.

Documenting Your Line

Documenting a genealogical line to a patriot ancestor can be a rewarding  and satisfying experience that can often be accomplished with only a modest amount of effort.  Millions of people are eligible for our society. If you have an ancestor who lived in the United States prior to 1900 there is a strong likelihood that you are  a descendant of a Revolutionary War patriot.