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Congress 2018 – Houston

“The SAR Congress You’ll Not Want to Miss!”
July 12-18, 2018 — Houston, Texas


For Reservations: You can call the hotel at (281) 501-4300 or use the following web address: Westin Houston. Be sure to tell them it is for the SAR or you will not get the correct rate of $150 per night plus tax. Please include the following details when booking your room at the Westin Houston:

Hotel: Westin Houston, Gessner Road
Group Name: NSSAR
Arrival Date: 12-Jul-2018
Departure Date: 19-Jul-2018


For additional information, please contact Host Society 2018 SAR Congress Chair Larry Blackgurn.

More Information

The Texas Socity is proud to invite you to Houston for the 2018 National Congress July 11 through July 19, 2018. The host hotel is the Westin Houston Hotel, Memorial City connected by a skywalk to the Memorial City Mall. Please explore this website for information on tours, points of interest in and around the city, and restaurants to tickle your palate.

Houston hosted a National Congress in 1952 and Ray O. Edwards, a 1952 Minute Man of Florida, was our PPG. On Sept. 17 of that year “I am an American Day” & “Constitution Day” were renamed “Citizenship Day”.

What else was going on in 1952 you ask?

In the sports world the NFL New York Yanks became the Dallas Texans. Texan Babe Didrikson-Zaharias won the LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship. The St. Louis Browns fired manager Rogers Hornsby who was quickly hired by the Cincinnati Reds. Boston Brave Warren Spahn struck out 18 Cubs in 15 innings while the Brooklyn Dodgers clinched the NL pennant over the New York Giants.

In the entertainment world “Dragnet” with Jack Webb premiered on NBC TV and the movie African Queen with Humphrey Bogart opened. “The Greatest Show on Earth”, directed and produced by Cecil B. DeMille, starring James Stewart and Charlton Heston, also opened. Ernest Hemingway’s novel “The Old Man & the Sea” was published.

Technology saw the first ultra high frequency (UHF) television station in Portland OR, the first video recording on magnetic tape in LA, CA, and the first thermonuclear bomb was detonated in the Marshall Islands.

Around the world Puerto Rico became a US commonwealth, Queen Elizabeth ascended to the throne in England, while a military coup led by General Batista occurred in Cuba.



Registration and Credentials
Volunteer Reception

FRIDAY, July 13

ExCom/Foundation Meeting
Tour of the Morris Cultural Center


Tour of NASA
Tour of Bush 41 Library and Musuem

SUNDAY, July 15

Color Guard Breakfast
Final Trustees Meeting
Color Guard Parade from Hotel to Church
Memorial Service
Ladies Tea
Genealogy Seminar
Orations Contest Finals

MONDAY, July 16

Color Guard Presentation of Colors to Open Congress
Opening and Second Sessions of Congress
Youth Luncheon
Minute Man Awards Presentation / Awards Ceremony

TUESDAY, July 17

SAR District Breakfast Meetings
Third Session of Congress
VPG/GWEF, PG Luncheon
First Lady’s Luncheon
Voting for SAR Officers
President General Banquet
Special Guest Speaker
Color Guard Command Change Ceremony


Closing Session of Congress
New Trustees Meeting
Tour of San Jacinto
Installation Banquet


ExCom/Foundation Meeting

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