Outstanding Teacher of American History

The Outstanding Teacher of American History Contest honors notable full-time teachers of history (and related fields such as social studies, government, and citizenship education) in public, private, and parochial schools, grades 5-12. These teachers have demonstrated excellence in:

    • Readily sharing an incisive knowledge of American History
    • Being committed to their students
    • Fostering a spirit of patriotism and loyal support of our country
    • Relating history to modern life and events
  • Requiring high academic standards at all times from their students

A chapter selects and honors an Outstanding Teacher of American History in the local community. The chapter winner’s dossier is submitted to the state historian so that the state society can select and honor a state winner. The state winner is eligible to participate in the NSDAR national competition. State winner dossiers are forwarded to the Historian General who arranges for three non-DAR judges to select the national winner. The Historian General’s office will mail letters to the national first, second, and third place winners during the first week of April.

The Tennessee Outstanding Teacher of American History is honored at State Conference and receives a monetary award of $500, a winner’s pin and certificate.

The national Outstanding Teacher of American History is honored at Continental Congress and receives a monetary award of $3,000, a special certificate, and a book.

For additional information about The Outstanding Teacher of American History, please contact your local DAR chapter.


Tennessee History Contest

Annual contest with a theme relevant to Tennessee History.

This contest was established to encourage young people to think creatively about our state’s history. Each academic year, a unique poster theme is chosen and guidelines are made available.

    • Open to Grades 4,5,6,7.
    • Entries are judged by grade level.
  • Additional rules and guidelines can be found by contacting your local DAR chapter.

Chapter winners are judged on the district level and district winners are recognized at the state level.

For additional contest information or guidelines, please contact your local Tennessee DAR chapter.

Other Programs

Constitution Week

The week-long annual celebration of the US Constitution was established by the DAR in 1956.

DAR Manual for Citizenship

First compiled in 1921 and updated over time, the DAR provides this online manual to assist those individuals becoming naturalized citizens.

Flags and the Flag Code

The US Flag Code is a useful tool for students studying the US Flag.