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Joseph S. Rumbaugh Historical Orations Contest

The Joseph S. Rumbaugh Oration contest, open to all students in grades 9-12, supports the Secondary School and SAR education objectives by perpetuating the stories of patriotism, courage, tragedy, and triumph of the men and women who achieved the independence of the American people. These stories are universal ones of man’s eternal struggle against tyranny, relevant to all time, and will inspire and strengthen each generation as it is called upon to defend our freedoms on the battlefield and in our public institutions. Our Chapter members are the primary drivers in stimulating students to participate. They work through teachers of all subjects in the school system and the Home School Associations. The contest culminates in an inspiring National Orations Contest held each year, with State winners representing their respective Societies and Districts.

To view the most recent winning oration please click here. The ability to speak publicly and inspire others is a rare gift that was essential in the founding of our nation. Please help the SAR to ensure that the students of today will become the orators of tomorrow. Donate today!

Donors at the $250 level and above will be honored at an upcoming Donor Awards Breakfast and will first receive the Dr. Joseph Warren Recognition Medal.

Once subsequent contributions reach $1,000 or more the following Patron Bars will be awarded :

The $1,000 level – A Patron Bar

The $2,500 level – A Sapphire Jewel Patron Bar

The $5,000 level – A Ruby Jewel Patron Bar

The $10,000 level – A Diamond Jewel Patron Bar

For more information or to submit an application please click here or contact Compatriot Jack Bredenfoerder.

Patriot Dr. Joseph Warren was selected to represent the SAR Rumbaugh Oration Contest because of his reputation as a powerful patriot orator. Dr. Warren was known to have delivered several orations commemorating the Boston Massacre. The second was delivered to a huge crowd at the Old South Meeting House on March 6, 1775. Dr. Warren had a gift for theatrics and he delivered his oration dressed in a toga, symbolizing the importance of democracy. A large group of British soldiers and officers were also present to intimidate Dr. Warren, but the good doctor delivered his rousing address in spite of the soldiers’ menacing presence. Patriot Warren was lost early in the Revolution as a causality of the Battle of Bunker Hill.