DAR Announces American History Essay Contest

Updated 8/29/2022 2:05 PM

Students enrolled in 5th through 8th grades are invited to enter the 2022-2023 American History Essay Contest sponsored by the Barrington, IL-based Signal Hill Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR). The contest reflects the organization's values of historic preservation, education, and patriotism by inviting students to think and write creatively about historic U.S. events, specifically those related to the American Revolution.

This year's essay topic is as follows:


The Second Continental Congress met from May 10, 1775-March 1, 1781, and included delegates from all 13 colonies. This Congress was instrumental in shaping what was to become the United States of America. Imagine that you are a delegate during 1775- 1776. Which colony are you from and what will be important for you to accomplish for your colony?

Depending on the student's age group, essays may be 300 to 1,000 words. All grade 5, 6, 7, and 8 students in a public, private or parochial school, or those who are home schooled, are eligible to participate. One essay at each grade level will be selected as the Signal Hill Chapter winner. All winners will be recognized at a "DAR Youth Awards" event hosted by the Signal Hill Chapter in early 2023. Winners will go forward in competition with the potential for a national award.

Essays must be submitted by Friday, Nov. 18, 2022.

For information about the essay contest, please contact Signal Hill Historian, Kat Nosal, via email: SignalHillHistorian@outlook.com.

The Signal Hill Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) was founded 50 years ago in Barrington, IL in 1972. NSDAR is a volunteer women's service organization headquartered in Washington, DC.

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Due to fund-raising efforts throughout the year, the Chapter contributes financially to several 501 (c) (3) organizations whose missions support that of NSDAR: historic preservation, education, patriotism, conservation, and Native Americans.

NSDAR provides more than $1.5 million in scholarships annually. It is the largest group of participants in support of Wreaths Across America. Through its various programs and initiatives, NSDAR strives to increase the awareness of men and women who achieved American independence, including those of diverse backgrounds.

Since its founding in 1890 over one million women have joined both nationally and around the world. Membership in NSDAR is open to any woman aged 18 and over who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution.

For more information about the Barrington, IL-based chapter, visit: https://signalhilldar.com.

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