As promised, today I contacted the National Society, Sons of the American Revolution for an update about their nearly completed new research library facility at their national headquarters in Louisville, KY.
Rae Ann Sauer (email), NSSAR Archivist, confirmed for me that they will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new facility for their membership on 25 September, 2010. They project that it will take about 3 weeks to move in, though, so they expect to be open to the public around Oct. 18.
The NSSAR’s library collection includes about 58,000 volumes including state & local histories and a large percentage of family histories, both published and unpublished. They also offer access to the major online databases Ancestry.com and HeritageQuest for the in-house user, and their card catalog can be accessed via the internet for those who would like to preplan their visit. Access is free to SAR/DAR members and I believe $5. per day for nonmembers (please see their website for details).
The NSSAR has long-term plans to renovate a second building at the same location and move their headquarters, but they expect this to take several years.
Being the national headquarters for the Sons of the American Revolution, this library is of national scope, and it’s worth a look, particularly if you’re nearby. They’re excited about their new facility, and so am I. If you’re anywhere near Louisville, I encourage you to have a look.