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Philadelphia Continental Chapter --

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9 March 2019 Due Date

Rumbaugh Historical Oration Contest

Chairman: Bill Baker

Joseph S. Rumbaugh Historical Oration Contest

The Philadelphia Continental Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) invites all high school students (9th through 12th grades) interested in the American Revolution to participate in the Joseph S. Rumbaugh Historical Oration Contest. The contest is open to all students attending public, parochial, or private high schools as well as home-schooled students in that same grade range. The contest begins at the local level from which students may eventually advance to the state or national levels leading up to the annual SAR Congress in June. The National Association of Secondary School Principals has placed this program on the 2017-18 NASSP List of Approved Contests, Programs, and Activities for Students.

  • Five- to six-minute speech

  • Judged based upon its:
      - Composition,
      - Delivery,
      - Significance,
      - Historical accuracy and
      - Relevance to the current day.

  • National prizes include
      - First Place Winner $5,000;
      - 2nd Place Runner-up $3,000; and
      - 3rd Place Runner-up $2,000 cash prize;
      - Plus Olympic-sized medals for the above

      - Other finalists (4th through 6th Place runners-up) are awarded $400 and
      - All other national contestants are awarded $200.

  • The PCC Contest Information Form provides an overall summary for Philadelphia Continental Chapter contestants.

  • Additional information can be found on the National Society website as well as on the State website.

The first step is to enter the local competition.  The Philadelphia Continental Chapter will be holding the local Rumbaugh Oration Contest on Saturday, 30 March 2019 in the Philadelphia area.


All submissions are due on or before midnight on Saturday, 9 Mar 2019 (in-hand or postmark), and will include:

Calendar for 2019 Activities

     March 9 -    Philadelphia Continental Applications Due

     March 20 -  Philadelphia Continental Contest (TBD)

     April 6 -       All Chapter Winners due to Bill Baker, PASSAR Rumbaugh Coordinator

     April 27 -     SAR Pennsylvania Contest in Harrisburg

     July 5-10 -   SAR National Congress in Costa Mesa, CA

For PCCSAR Compatriots:

Helpful Suggestions in locating viable Contestants:

  1. Contact local school Speech Teachers and Debate Team Coaches directly as well as other community and educational sources.

  2. Focus on target high schools in your area.  Please see the attached LIST for the state - the Philadelphia Continental area high schools are on page 1.

  3. Local DAR or newspapers may have contacts that will aid you in acquiring contestants.

If we have two or three applicants, we will look for opportunities to join with another chapter to be more efficient in using Judges, but the best PCC candidate would go to to the state competition.


Please contact Bill Baker if you have questions.

Bill Baker

Rumbaugh Coordinator - Philadelphia Continental and PASSAR

©2019 by Philadelphia Continental Chapter - SAR.