Since its founding in 1889, the Sons of the American Revolution has promoted historic preservation, education, and patriotism across the nation. We offer programs, scholarships, and awards for youth to all age groups.
Our competition take place at the yearly in each chapter and state and culminate in the National Contest at our Annual Congress.
Our contests are organized by age group for elementary, middle, and high school. In addition, we recognize teachers in our Amerian History Teacher award. Each contest is outline below with a reference for additional information.
The SAR Americanism Poster Contest is open to students in 3rd, 4th or 5th grade, depending on when the American Revolution is taught in their public, private, parochial, charter and home school. The contest is also open to members of the C.A.R., Cub Scouts and Brownies who are in the same grade if their school does not participate. Judging is based upon portrayal of the year's theme, originality, evidence of research, neatness, artistic merit and creativity. The permanent themes are "Revolutionary War Events" in school years ending in an even number and "Revolutionary War Persons" in school years ending in an odd number.
The SAR Middle School Brochure Contest in honor of Sgt. Moses Adams is open to middle school students, depending on when the American Revolution or Government is taught within their public, private, parochial, charter or home school. The contest is also open to members of the C.A.R., Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts who are in the same grade if their school does not participate. Judging is based upon content, creativity and correctness. The permanent theme is "The Founding Documents of the United States." National winners receive a ribbon, certificate and a cash award. Prizes on the state and chapter level vary.
The SAR Children of the American Revolution Award is given at chapter, state, and national levels to C.A.R. members who have performed outstanding service in the furthering of the principles of freedom, and knowledge about and appreciation of the American Revolution, and in supporting the goals of the C.A.R. (C.A.R. members)
The SAR Historical Oration Contest in honor of Joseph S. Rumbaugh is open to all students in Secondary School to perpetuate the stories of patriotism, courage, tragedy and triumph of the men and women who achieved the independence of the American people. These stories are universal ones of man’s eternal struggle against tyranny, relevant to all time, and will inspire and strengthen each generation as it is called upon to defend our freedoms on the battlefield and in our public institutions. The contest culminates in an inspiring National Orations Contest held each year, where State winners represent their respective Societies and Districts.
The SAR Essay Contest in honor of George S. and Stella M. Knight is designed to give high school students an opportunity to explore events that shaped American history. At Chapter, State Society, and National Society levels, students must submit an original essay, with topics based on original research and deal with an event, person, philosophy, or ideal associated with the American Revolution, Declaration of Independence, or the framing of the United States Constitution. Cash award.
Other SAR Programs
The SAR American History Teacher Award sponsored by Dr. Tom & Betty Lawrence recognizes teachers whose instruction on the Revolutionary War era from 1750-1800 demonstrates educational efforts in the classroom that exceed and excel above current accepted, curriculum requirements. Winners of the award choose a trip to one of the following seminars:
Freedoms Foundation Summer Teacher
Graduate Workshop at Valley Forge, Pa.,
Colonial Williamsburg Summer Teacher
Workshop in Williamsburg, Va.,
Jefferson Symposium at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va., or
SAR Annual Conference on the American Revolution.