“The SAR Congress You’ll Not Want to Miss!”

July 6 – 13, 2017 – Knoxville, Tennessee


TENNESSEE SAR extends a special invitation to attend “The Congress You’ll Not Want to Miss!”  The 2017 SAR Congress begins on Thursday, July 6 to Thursday, July 13, in Knoxville.

In a series of emails, I plan to outline many of the Special Events at Congress, lodging options, side trip tips for making sight-seeing plans, and things you can do while in Knoxville.   We hope you will share this information with all the members in your State Society.  We want every member to understand that they are especially invited and are welcome to attend. Please share broadly each of these informative Congress Planning emails.

Knoxville is a great American city, centrally located in the Eastern United States.  New York City, Tampa, New Orleans, Kansas City, Green Bay and all points between are just a long day drive to Knoxville.  And, there is an airport.  Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Knoxville was established in 1786, a year before the US Constitution was adopted.  It was established as the Territorial Capital in 1790, and became the first capital of Tennessee in 1796.  The majestic Tennessee River and the University of Tennessee anchor the heart of the city which is located just minutes from the most visited of the 59 specially designated National Parks – Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2016 had more than 10 million visitors.

Steeped in rich early American history, one of the foremost Genealogical Research Libraries specializing on the westward migration is located three blocks from the host hotel, as are nearby museums, art galleries, and one of the most exciting outdoor downtown districts in the country, Market Square.  Miss this Congress and you’ll miss one of the best! 

We are told that registration will be available on the SAR website within another week.  So, make plans to attend, today. 

Email 2 will include hotel/lodging and travel information.

Email 3 will describe special events, including golf, tours, luncheons, and banquets.

Email 4 will introduce the special guest speaker and book signing opportunity.

Email 5 will describe dining options for state delegations.

Email 6 will describe genealogical research opportunities.

Email 7 will describe a few side trip tips suggestions.

Email 8 will describe how to purchase Congress Medals, Coin, Pins, and Rifle Raffle Tickets.

For more information, please contact Host Society 2017 SAR Congress Chair Rick Hollis




The primary hotel for Congress in Knoxville from July 7 -13, 2017 is now full and they are not taking reservations. 

So we begin to work with the secondary hotel.  That hotel is the Hilton Knoxville the single rate is $129 per night with tax.

Distance from the Holiday Inn, Knoxville which is the Congress Site is approximately 0.2 Miles or a long city block.  It does have a covered walkway that you can walk down to the Convention Center where the evening banquets will be held. 

For Reservations: You can call the hotel at 865-523-2300, ext. 323 or to do it online






Booking Link


Hotel: Hilton Knoxville

Group Name: NSSAR

Arrival Date: 07-Jul-2017

Departure Date: 13-Jul-2017











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