Daughters of the American Revolution
The DAR, founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women's service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America's future through better education for children.
The American History Essay Contest was established to encourage young people to think creatively about our nation's great history and learn about history in a new light. Each year, a selected topic for use during the academic year is announced, and contest instructions are published online and sent to schools by participating DAR chapters. Essays are judged for historical accuracy, adherence to the topic, organization of materials, interest, originality, spelling, grammar, punctuation, and neatness. The DAR chapter announces one school winner who will be recognized for their accomplishment at Honors Night in the spring.