Col William Henshaw Chapter now on Facebook!

In our continuing efforts to be as accessible to our Compatriots and Friends as possible, in addition to our website, the Col. William Henshaw Chapter now has a presence on Facebook!

https://www.facebook.com/william.henshaw.79?ref=tn_tnmn#!/william.henshaw.79/info

Please feel free to contact us with suggestions for content and improvements.  We appreciate your feedback, especially as we get this new project underway.  Thank you!

 

“Libertas et Patria”

Wesley H. Wratchford

President, Col. William Henshaw Chapter - MASSAR

 

 

“Marching Forward Meeting” Enjoyed By Many!

The Col. William Henshaw Chapter held its annual “Marching Forward” meeting in Sturbridge on March 8, 2014 at the Publick House Inn.  The event was well attended by many compatriots and their guests.  We also enjoyed the company of many members of the Col. Timothy Bigelow Chapter DAR, and this year’s “George S. and Stella M. Knight Essay Contest” finalists from Worcester’s South High Community School.

Our guest speaker this year was Robert Briere, President of the Sturbridge Historical Society.  Bob shared some wonderful stories with us about the history of Sturbridge, its involvement during the American Revolution, and efforts to restore the Veteran’s Memorial in front of Sturbridge Town Hall.  The completed monument now lists the names of over 100 Patriots who served the cause of freedom and independence during the American Revolution!

In addition to enjoying the fine luncheon of stuffed turkey and all the trimmings served up by the friendly staff at the Publick House, we congratulated several award recipients.

Receiving the Certificate of Appreciation “In recognition of outstanding support given to the Sons of the American Revolution” were;   Awards Chairman Dwight Smith, Compatriot Kenneth Starbard, Col. Timothy Bigelow DAR Regent Elizabeth Tivnan, and Sturbridge Historical Society President, Robert Briere.

We were also pleased to present Certificates of Participation to Fariha Kohistani, Stacey Wainaina and Abena Badu.  Their history teacher, Mr. Josiah Burden, was presented with the Essay Commendation Certificate for encouraging his students to participate in the Essay Contest.

Col. Timothy Bigelow Chapter DAR Regent, Beth Tivnan, spoke about the ongoing plans to commemorate the Worcester Revolution of 1774.   http://www.revolution1774.org/

Col. Wm Henshaw Chapter Treasurer, Steve Perkins, spoke about the “Center for Advancing America’s Heritage”  The Center will provide educational programs to school children from local and surrounding school systems through permanent and traveling exhibits and in outreach education programs distributed to SAR Chapters across the country.

Finally, many of us walked the short distance to the Sturbridge Town Hall to view the Veteran’s Memorial and observe a moment of silence to honor all veterans who have served this country.  Color Guard Commander, Allen Van Wert, and Steve Perkins fired a musket volley in honor of their sacrifices.

All in all, it was a terrific first meeting of 2014.  I would like to personally thank everyone who attended and helped make it such a successful event!

Wesley H. Wratchford

President, Col. Wm Henshaw Chapter, MASSAR

Col. William Henshaw Chapter President, Wesley H. Wratchford, addresses compatriots and guests.

Col. William Henshaw Chapter President, Wesley H. Wratchford, addresses compatriots and guests.

Compatriots, Dwight Smith and Kenneth Starbard, receive the "Certificate of Appreciation" from the SAR.

Compatriots, Dwight Smith and Kenneth Starbard, receive the “Certificate of Appreciation” from the SAR.

 

Col. Timothy Bigelow DAR Regent Elizabeth Tivnan accepts her award.

Col. Timothy Bigelow DAR Regent Elizabeth Tivnan accepts her award.

Robert Briere, of the Strubridge Historical Society, speaks about the role Sturbridge played in the American Revolution.

Robert Briere, of the Sturbridge Historical Society, speaks about the role Sturbridge played in the American Revolution.

Wesley H. Wratchford, Josiah Burden, Abena Badu, Stacey Wainaina and Fariha Kohistani

Wesley H. Wratchford, Josiah Burden, Abena Badu, Stacey Wainaina and Fariha Kohistani

Members of the Col. Wm Henshaw Chapter - SAR, Col. Timothy Bigelow Chapter - DAR, and honored guests at the Veteran's Monument, Sturbridge, MA

Members of the Col. Wm Henshaw Chapter – SAR, Col. Timothy Bigelow Chapter – DAR, and honored guests at the Veteran’s Memorial, Sturbridge, MA

The "Sturbridge Honor Roll", Veteran's Memorial, at Sturbridge, MA.

The “Sturbridge Honor Roll”, Veteran’s Memorial, at Sturbridge, MA. The Memorial honors U.S. Veterans who served during the American Revolution, Korea, World War II, Vietnam, and there is a space reserved to honor those in Iraq-Afghanistan.

Color Guard Commander, Allen Van Wert, and Steven Perkins fire a musket volley at the memorial.

After the group observed a moment of silence at the memorial, Color Guard Commander Allen Van Wert and Steven Perkins fired a musket volley.

A New Year’s Message

Greetings and Wishes for a very Happy New Year to our Compatriots and their families!

As we begin 2014 with all of the anticipation that usually comes with the arrival of a new year, I would like to take just a moment to look back with appreciation at a very special 2013 for the Col. William Henshaw Chapter.

Last year was filled with many great events and social gatherings for our members.  Among these were our visit to the Higgins Armory Museum in January, our luncheon in Sturbridge at The Publick House Historic Inn last March, Concord in April, our annual chapter picnic in July, the Yorktown celebration in September, and our annual joint chapter meeting with the Bigelow DAR chapter in December.  And those are just naming a few!  It was quite a year.

The gentleman leading us through each occasion, event and celebration was our President, Verne Thayer.  I would like to thank Verne for his outstanding service as Henshaw’s President during the past two years.  He has been a good friend.  He has led by example and has set a very high standard for me to follow.

I am looking forward to serving as your President and working with our Officers to continue growing our chapter and planning events that you will find enjoyable.  I will communicate with you by e-mail and by phone during the upcoming months.  And, I ask that you please let me know of your interests and your thoughts on ways we can further improve our chapter.  Thank you kindly for your support.

 

Yours in Patriotism,

 

Wesley H. Wratchford
President, Col. William Henshaw Chapter
Massachusetts Society Sons of the American Revolution

 

Eagle Scout Award

I’ve been busy giving out Eagle Scout awards this summer. Three in Uxbridge, MA  this past June to  Jonathan Robert,  Jack Coyne , and  Thomas Bullock  of Troop 1122. Then two  to  Samuel James Hockenbury and Stephen James Foley of Troop 1 in Hopedale, MA.
And today I gave out an Eagle Scout Award to Paul Edmond Howarth of Troop 107 in Grafton, MA.  One thing that all these young men have in common is a strong Character, great parents who take an active role in their son, and a dedicated team of scout leaders. A lot of people do not realize the work that these Scout Leaders put in. They are workers just like you and I. They have a family to raise, and everyday things to do around the house and family activities just like us. But then they also take on the responsibility of being a Scout leader. That in tails planing trips, activities, training, and keeping track of all the scouts needs for progressing though the ranks. Not leaving anyone behind and making sure that they all feel good about themselves and are enjoying scouting. 

My Hat goes off to them. I’m happy to see that all the different towns that I have been to, that they all have dedicated leaders. 

Vern

Welcome

The Colonel William Henshaw Chapter is comprised of a  large membership of Compatriots, primarily in  central and western Massachusetts.  Through our many social gatherings, programs and civic activities, we strive to perpetuate the memory of those who, by their services or sacrifices during the war of the American Revolution, achieved the independence of the American People.

We are patriotic Americans.  Each member has traced their family tree back to a point of having an ancestor (in some cases, more than just one) who supported the cause of American Independence during the years 1774-1783. 

We’re involved in historical research, raising funds for local scholarships and educational awards, and work to preserve sites and documents related to the American Revolution.  We visit local schools to offer in depth lessons about American history.  We honor America’s veterans, past and present.  We’re active in cataloging and marking Revolutionary War patriot graves.  We also work with local Boy Scout troops and conduct an annual Eagle Scout scholarship program.

The Colonel William Henshaw Chapter is also part of an active Color Guard comprised of Continental Army uniformed descendants of Patriots who served in the American War of Independence.  Our Color Guard appears regularly in various public and private venues as a means of community outreach.

We welcome you to join us for a Chapter event! 

For more information about the Massachusetts Society (MASSAR) and how to apply for membership, click here http://www.massar.org/membership/.

For more information about the National Society (SAR) and the history of the Sons of the American Revolution, check the menu item “About SAR”.

You can read more about the extraordinary American for whom our chapter is named by clicking on the link:  Colonel Henshaw.

   

We hope you enjoy your visit here.  Please excuse our appearance as we work to complete this website for you.