The Sister Grove Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR), is sponsoring an American History Essay Contest for fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth graders in Van Alstyne and the surrounding areas, including private schools and the homeschooled.

The high school topic of the 2016-17 DAR American History Essay contest is “Technologies Impact on the Voyage of Christopher Columbus.” High school students are invited to submit an 800-1200 word essay on this topic. The middle school topic of the essay contest is “Celebrating a Century: America’s National Parks.” Fifth graders are invited to submit original work of 300-600 words; sixth through eighth graders may submit original work of 600-1000 words. Limited vision students may use braille a tape recorder, or very large type, but a written letter must be included as well as a teachers or physician letter attesting to the student’s special need.

Deadline for entries is October 25, 2016. Completed hard copy essays should be placed in the designated envelope at the middle school and high school offices. Entries will also need to be emailed to the designated email address below. Awards will be given at the Sister Grove Chapter, DAR November meeting.

For further information about the American History Essay Contests, contact Sister Grove Chapter, DAR representative Lanette Dyer at

About DAR:

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. Its members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. With more than 177,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the World's largest and most active service organizations. DAR members are committed to volunteer service, having served more than 12.5 million hours in communities throughout the world during the past three years. To learn more about the work of today's DAR, visit or connect with DAR on social media at, and