Island Society (RISSAR) is the state affiliate of the National Society. The
State Society was organized in Providence on February 1, 1890 and received a
charter from the Rhode Island General Assembly in 1894. On the first
anniversary of the Society in 1891, a dinner was held to celebrate the 115th
anniversary of the sailing of the first American fleet under the command of
Commodore Esek Hopkins of Rhode Island.
The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (NSSAR) was
organized on April 30, 1889 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.” The Society's purposes are
patriotic, historical and educational.