The Joseph S. Rumbaugh Historical Oration Contest

Contest Rules & Entry Form

The Joseph S. Rumbaugh Historical Oration Contest is open to all students attending home schools, public, parochial, or private high schools in North Carolina who are in their freshman, sophomore, junior or senior year of study during the contest year (Grades 9 – 12).

In North Carolina, the contest is sponsored by the North Carolina Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. The winner of the NC contest will be awarded a $750 cash prize and certificate, and will be entered into the national contest, if they so desire.

The rules and prizes are the same as those described on the National Society website under Youth and Educational Outreach Programs: select The Joseph S. Rumbaugh Historical Oration Contest with the exception that transportation and lodging expenses for the North Carolina winner to compete at the national SAR congress are not provided, and they must be borne by the contestant. However, the $750 NC award and the cash award to all national contestants may be used to defray expenses. The National Contest will be held in the summer.

  1. The oration must be original of not less than five minutes or more than six minutes. The subject shall deal with an event, personality, or document pertaining to the Revolutionary War and show a relationship to America today. The oration must be essentially the same as the submitted manuscript. Notes and props (including military uniforms) may not be used in the presentation.
  2. Entries to the contest must be submitted by February 19 to the North Carolina Chairman:

    Your submission must include:

  3. The NC state level contest will be held on a weekend in March. The date, time, and place will be determined before February 28, and all contestants will be notified.
  4. During the presentation of orations at chapter, state, or national contests, no applause is permitted.