In preparation for the 250th anniversary of the nation’s founding, the George Washington Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution in Galveston has launched the “Patriots of the American Revolution” DAR High School Essay Contest for students in grades nine through 12.

This contest focuses on the men and women who figured in the events of the American Revolution. It's hoped students will find patriots to write about who will interest and inspire them.

The chapter is also sponsoring the “Rise and Shine for America” American History Essay Contest for students in grades five through eight. The topic is “The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier,” as Nov. 11 is the 100th anniversary of the memorial's dedication in Arlington National Cemetery.

The contests are open to students in public, private and parochial schools, as well as registered home-study programs. The deadline to enter is Nov. 15.

Each student receives a certificate of participation from the chapter. Chapter winners receive a bronze medal and certificate set and are submitted to the state competition. Winners will be recognized at the chapter tea in February. 

For an information packet with essay guidelines, please email me at

Carol Langston

American History Chair

George Washington Chapter

National Society Daughters of the American Revolution



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Bailey Jones

For our aspiring historians, might I recommend a few books:

The Colored Patriots of the American Revolution by William Cooper Nell. Originally published in 1855 and reissued in 2019, this history book by William Cooper Nell has an introduction by Harriet Beecher Stowe. It focuses on African American soldiers during the American Revolution and the War of 1812. It is perhaps the first history book by and about African Americans, based on written documentation.

Travels with George - In Search of Washington and His Legacy by Nathaniel Philbrick. Or his three-volume history of the revolution - Bunker Hill - A City, a Siege, a Revolution, Valiant Ambition - George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution, and In the Hurricane's Eye - The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown.

Letters of a Nation by Andrew Carroll - "a unique and timeless collection of extraordinary letters spanning more than 350 years of American history, from the arrival of the Pilgrims to the present day. Many of the more than 200 letters are published here for the first time, and the correspondents are the celebrated and obscure, the powerful and powerless, including presidents, slaves, soldiers, prisoners, explorers, writers, revolutionaries, Native Americans, artists, religious and civil rights leaders, and people from all walks of life."

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