Joseph S. Rumbaugh Historical Oration Contest

Maximum Award: 
All high school students
Please consult local chapter for their deadlines (see link below)

The goals of the Joseph S. Rumbaugh Historical Oration Contest are:

  • To support historical research in our high schools by promoting oratorical presentations related to our Revolutionary War period 1750-1800.
  • To emphasize American History to the high school student and focus on and intelligent relationship between the past and the present.
  • To place a positive emphasis on the plans of our founding fathers.

To participate in the oration contest you must create a speech of not less than five minutes or more than six minutes.  The subject must deal with an event, personality, or document pertaining to the Revolutionary War and show a relationship to America today. 

You must submit the oration in manuscript form and it must be essentially the same as the speech.

Find your local chapter here.

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The 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 state society or district.