| The Tennessee SAR participates in the National
Joseph S. Rumbaugh Oration Contest
The preliminary rounds of the contest are held by
Chapters of the Tennessee SAR - Sons of the
American Revolution to select one winner from each participating
Chapter area to enter the State competition. Prizes may be awarded to winners of Chapter competitions.
The Tennessee SAR competition between State
Chapter winners is held during the TN SAR's
Annual meeting in March.
Competition is conducted under the National
of the Rumbaugh Oration Contest
For further information about the Tennessee State Society
contest, do one of the following:
- Contact the local, or nearest
- Contact the TNS AR Rumbaugh Orations Committee Chairman
Charles N. Dammann,
for help with making local contact.
- All chapter oration candidates should be submitted to Charles Dammann by
March 1, 2017.
of The Joseph S. Rumbaugh Oration Contest at the National
In honor of a Florida SAR member, this Oratorical
event was renamed the Joseph S. Rumbaugh Oration Contest.
For many years this Compatriot has shown an active interest
in the welfare of youth and has been a creative promoter
of this contest. The contest is designed to explore the
influence of the Revolutionary war on present day America.
In 1945 an Ohio SAR member, Douglass G. High, originated
this creative exercise in a Cincinnati Senior High. Two
years later the NSSAR assumed National sponsorship. Douglass
G. High passed away in 1952. In 1953 the National Society
attached his name to the contest title as a memorial.
He was the first Chairman on the NSSAR Oration Committee,
serving in this capacity for five years.
Purpose Of The National Contest:
- To bring American History to the high school student
and focus on events of today.
- To draw an intelligent relationship between the past and
- To clearly demonstrate freedom of opportunity as a basic
right of our national heritage.
- To place a positive emphasis on the plans of our founding
- To emphasize justice under law in the free society.
- To illustrate how the Revolutionary War influenced our
freedom of expression which originated in the famous,
1735 trial of the Colonial New York printer, John Peter
The National Society competition between State Society
winners is held during the NSSAR's National Congress
in late June/July.