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Cumberlands Host Sons of American Revolution


Williamsburg, Ky. – On March 27th and March 28th, University of the Cumberlands (UC) welcomed over 600 elementary and middle school students from surrounding counties to campus to participate in the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) event. This is the second year for UC to host this event in collaboration with the Sons of the American Revolution and the Steele Reese Foundation.

“The University the Cumberlands is delighted to partner with the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution and the Steele Reese Foundation to provide learning opportunities for our local youth,” said UC Vice-President of Student Services, Dr. Michael Colegrove. “This is the second of three years that we will be hosting this program on the university campus. The program is very positive and provides students with viable information related to the foundation of our nation.”


The program was put into effect so that eastern Kentucky students could have the opportunity to learn about the American Revolution and Colonial Times. It was set up as an evaluative program that tested students before and after to see what information they had been able to obtain. Fifth and eighth grade students from Knox County, Corbin, Harlan, and Barbourville participated in the event.

Each day, a group of students from various schools take part in the seven session program. Each session is designed to provide a different aspect of what life was like during colonial times. Students are taught how to fold a flag, how to use a Quill pen in the Hutton School of Business (HSB), the United States mission also in HSB, Washington’s Crossing by putting a puzzle together in the Grace Crum Rollins Fine Arts Center, experience travel with a back pack, and they also get to watch an informational video called, “A Day in the Life,” in the Gatliff Chapel. The seventh session was lunch.

“This has been a big success according to all the reports I have received from the students and schools participating,” said SAR Executive Director, Don Shaw. “They love being on the University of the Cumberlands campus and being able to learn about American history. One student told me this was the best field trip he had ever been on.”

SAR is a historical, educational, and patriotic non-profit, United States Corporation that seeks to maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom, an appreciation for true patriotism, a respect for our national symbols, and the value of American citizenship. SAR does this by perpetuating the stories of patriotism, courage, sacrifice, tragedy, and triumph of the men who achieved the independence of the American people in the disbelief that these stories are universal ones of man’s eternal struggle against tyranny. They inspire and strengthen each succeeding generation as it too is called upon to defend our freedoms on the battlefield and in public institutions.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.