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Chairman:James G. Alexander 

The Joseph S. Rumbaugh Historical Oration contest is open to all students of the freshman, sophomore, junior and senior classes (Grades 9 – 12) in the public, parochial, private and home schools within the jurisdiction of the sponsoring chapter.

The oration must be original of not less than five minutes or more than six minutes.  The oration topic 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.   Props and notes, to including military uniforms, may not be used in the presentation. The judges will select the winners based on the following criteria:  A. Composition; B. Delivery; C. Significance; D. History. Time allocated for delivery is between 5 and 6 minutes.  (A penalty is applied for going outside the time allocations.)

The contest will be held in preliminary round(s) by chapters of the Sons of the American Revolution. The individual chapter winners will then compete at the state society level to select one winner from each participating state.  Each participating chapter should provide information regarding the contest to senior high school, parochial, private and home-schooled speech and/or history teachers and principals or counselors as early as possible.

The State deadline for each Chapter to submit an Oration winner is listed in Chapter Information below. Contestants are judged at the February State Convention and the first place winner is invited to attend the State Convention Banquet. Each chapter sending a participant to compete at the State Convention is responsible for their travel and one night hotel stay, if necessary, for their winner. The first place winner at the State Convention competes at the National Congress. The State Society will reimburse the first place state winner for travel/airfare and one night hotel stay expenses for the winner and a parent/chaperone to attend the SAR National Congress.

Please contact the Chairman listed above for additional details.


Chapters submit their winning contestant to State Chairman Jim Alexander (address below) by January 29, 2018. Contestants will be judged at the State Convention on February 17, 2018. The 1st place state award winner receives $1000 and an Olympic-sized (State level) medallion; 2nd place $750; and 3rd place $500. All participants receive a certificate. The first place winner and parents are invited to attend the evening’s banquet as guests of the Alabama Society. The State does not reimburse any contestant for travel expenses to the State Convention but Chapters may choose to do so. Chapters should coordinate/make hotel arrangements for their contestant.

The State 1st place winner competes in the National contest held in Houston, TX in July 2018. The 1st place national award is $4,000; 2nd place $3000; 3rd place $2000. All other finalists receive $300; all other National contestants receive $200. The Alabama Society will give $1000  to the state winner to defray expenses upon completion of the national contest. It is to be given only if the National winner attends Congress and may not be paid ahead of Congress. No receipts are required and the $1000 check is presented by the State President or the State Chairman at the Congress.

James G. Alexander

ALSSAR Rumbaugh Oration Contest Chairman

110 Vaughnwood Trace

Huntsville, AL  35806