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2018-08-08 / Arts & Entertainment

Fully Funded Historic Roadside Markers Available to Commemorate The 250th Anniversary of the Sullivan-Clinton Campaign

With the 250th anniversary of the Revolutionary War Sullivan-Clinton Campaign of 1779 approaching in 2029, the Empire State Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (ESSSAR) invites communities and organizations to commemorate this critical chapter of history with historic roadside markers.

This historic marker grant program is being offered in partnership with The William G. Pomeroy Foundation, which will provide full funding for a historic marker, pole, and shipping to those with approved applications. The applicant is responsible for installation. The fully funded grants are available to New York State municipalities, federally recognized Native American tribes, and 501(c)(3) organizations. This multi-year program will run through the 250th anniversary in 2029.

The Sullivan-Clinton Campaign of 1779 is a historically important part of the history of the greater Finger Lakes region of New York. The program will help the public learn about the events of the Campaign, and help promote historic tourism in the communities where the markers are placed.

Marker Criteria: The marker program seeks to commemorate the historically significant people, places, and events connected to the 1779 Campaign. This includes, but is not limited to:

· Sites of battles, skirmishes, and other events significant to the Campaign

· Individuals who had a significant influence on the Campaign

· Continental Army campground locations, Native American communities, and other sites associated with the Campaign.

Nomination Deadline: For this year’s grant round, nomination forms suggesting ideas for markers are due by Friday, Sept. 14. Successful nominations to the ESSSAR will be accepted as part of the Pomeroy Foundation’s Historic Roadside Marker Grant Program. To download a nomination form or for more information about the program, including marker guidelines and primary sources, visit the marker program page on the Foundation’s website.

Historical Accuracy: Primary source documentation is required to verify historical accuracy. Those interested in applying for a marker are responsible for supplying photocopies, scans or photos of the sources and specific statements used to verify historical facts. If the Pomeroy Foundation cannot substantiate the historical accuracy of the proposed marker text based on the supporting documentation provided, the opportunity for approval is limited. For guidelines about sources, consult “Accepted Primary Source Documentation” on the Foundation’s website.

Empire State Society of the Sons of the American Revolution

On April 10, 1889 a call was issued inviting delegates from every existing society from all states and territories to meet at Fraunce’s Tavern in New York to organize a National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. Shortly after, Feb. 11, 1890, the Empire State Society of the Sons of the American Revolution was organized. Over a hundred and twenty years since its founding, the Empire State Society now has nineteen active chapters in four regions of the state.

The William G. Pomeroy Foundation

The William G. Pomeroy Foundation is a private foundation with two main initiatives: to diversify the Be the Match Registry by supporting bone marrow drives and preserving history through a variety of Historic Signage Grant Programs. To date, the Foundation has funded more than 700 markers across all of its signage grant programs. Visit: www.wgpfoundation.org.

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