The Mount Vernon Chapter
  A Georgia Society - Sons of the American Revolution

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Education, Presentations, Contest and Scholarship Programs

The SAR Promotes Revolutionary War History And Patriotism

The Sons of the American Revolution was started by a group of men who, after the 1876 Centennial, thought it would be appropriate to document and record the stories of their Revolutionary War ancestors and the events in which they were involved. These efforts lead to the establishment of an organization with goals to foster Patriotism, perpetuate our American Heritage, and retain and expand historical records of the American Revolution.

In keeping with these objectives, the Sons of the American Revolution sponsor projects to bring about an awareness of the American Revolutionary spirit and a sense of patriotism to students in our educational system. The scholarship programs & contest shown below are intended to add interest in the American Revolution for specific grade levels. The SAR is dedicated to assisting our members, schools, teachers and the general public in their efforts to sustain and preserve our history and constitutional principles.

SAR National Society & State Society Links

These links will take you to the National and State websites, explaining their participation in the SAR Youth Programs. Contest are held at the local Chapter, State and National levels, all rewarding the finalist at each level with their own prize amounts. The Mount Vernon Chapter is seeking funding to enable the participation in these youth education programs. Contact Shep Hammack with your ideas and contributions.

National Resources: Educational Videos; DVD's & CD's; Lesson Plans; Printed Materials
National Resources: Youth Programs/Contest/Scholarship Outlines
National Resources: Youth Programs Brochure

Eagle Scout Application.doc   (Download)
Scout Four-Generation Ancestor Chart and Instructions

State Resources: Georgia Youth Programs
State Resources: Georgia Speakers Bureau

Speakers Bureau

We offer interesting speakers to fellow SAR & DAR Chapters, fellow genealogical or historical societies, Rotary, Kiwanis, or other community service groups that can utilize speakers. Our topics focus on Revoutionary War people, locations and/or events.

To arrange a presentation, please contact:
  Shep Hammack at 770 396-5453 |

Button Gwinnett SAR - The Prescotts of Massachusetts by Shep Hammack
Colonial Dames of America - The Prescotts of Massachusetts by Shep Hammack

The "Traveling Trunk" Program

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The 1700's iPad ?

One of the most enjoyable methods of communicating our American history with school children is via the "Traveling Trunk". The program is also offered to organizations mentioned in the Speakers Bureau.

This is a program where members of the SAR, dressed in authentic uniforms, present articles from the Revolutionary War & Colonial period to a group of grade school (4th) or middle school (7th) students. Presenters explain what the items are, how they were made and used, and why they are different from today's items. This program is an excellent way for fulfilling one of our SAR society missions - Assisting schools and teachers to sustain and preserve our history.

To arrange a presentation at your school, please contact:

Shep Hammack at 770 396-5453 | Email

Our Traveling Trunk Brochure (PDF)

Mount Bethel Elementary School
Atlanta Christian Academy
Colonial Dames of America
Cary Reynolds Elementary
Lake Forest Elementary   Photos
Holy Innocents Episcopal School   Photos
Cherokee Christian School   Photos

Videos Explaining the Revolutionary War

The Revolutionary War Explained - Part 1
The Revolutionary War Explained - Part 2

The Mount Vernon Chapter's Scout Program

The Mount Vernon Chapter recognizes the achievements of our local Scouts with an Eagle Scout Certificate of Achievement offers scholarship money thru the SAR's - Arthur M. & Berdena King Eagle Scout Award program at the Georgia State and then National level.

Details Here:  

The Mount Vernon Chapter's JROTC Program

The Mount Vernon Chapter has two awards programs for high school students who are enrolled in his or her schools Junior Reserve Officer Training Program. These awards foster the principle of the "citizen-soldier", exemplified by the Minutemen of Revolutionary War days.

Details Here:  

The Joseph S. Rumbaugh Historical Oratory Contest

"The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) invites all high school students (9th through 12th grades) interested in the American Revolution to participate in the Joseph S. Rumbaugh Historical Oration Contest. The contest is open to all students attending public, parochial, private or home school students in that same grade range. The preliminary rounds of the contest begin at the local level, students may potentially advance to the state or national levels where scholarships and cash prizes are awarded."

"Each student's five-to-six-minute speech (and accompanying manuscript) will be judged based upon its composition, delivery, significance, and historical accuracy and relevance. Three cash awards are given: the National First Place Winner receives $6,000; the 2nd Place Runner-up receives $4,000; and the 3rd Place Runner-up receives $2,000 cash prize. Each also receives an Olympic-sized medal. All other finalists (4th through 6th Place runners-up) are awarded $500 and all other national contestants are awarded $200. An informational flyer and the contest forms can be found below."

Details Here:  

Future Contest Participation

Mount Vernon Logo Education Chairmen/Contact Information

Speakers Bureau & Traveling Trunk:  
Shep Hammack   770 396-5453 | Email

Chuck Olson   770 394-5897 | Email

Chuck Olson   770 394-5897 | Email

Rumbaugh Oratory Contest:  
Tom Chrisman   770 394-5897 | Email