Western Reserve Society
Sons of the American Revolution

America's Largest and Oldest Local Chapter

Americanism Elementary School Poster Contest

  • WRSSAR (local) Poster Contest Award Levels: $100, $65, $35
  • State and National Contests also offer 1st, 2nd and 3rd place cash awards.
  • The top poster in each school wins $25 regardless of whether it also places 1st, 2nd, or third in the overall contest.
  • Poster Due Date: April 1st
  • This year's theme is: "Choose any one of the following people as the focus of your poster. Make sure to include enough text to explain who they are and why they are important in US history:
    • a) Crispus Attucks of Boston (first man to die in the rebellion)
    • b) Salem Poor from the Battles of Bunker Hill and Saratoga
    • c) Phyllis Wheatley - Patriot Poet, former slave, supporter of Washington, 3rd woman to publish a book of peotry in the new nation.
  • Please notify us at wrssar.communications@gmail.com as soon as possible to let us know of your interest in participating.

The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) invites all 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students interested in the American Revolution to participate in the Americanism Elementary School Poster Contest. The contest is open to public school, parochial, home schooled, Scouting, or Children of the American Revolution member students in that same grade range. Young artists with an enthusiasm toward art, a love of American history, or a passion in creative expression can submit their posters to their local SAR chapter for competition. While the Americanism Poster Contest begins at the local level, students' masterpieces may eventually be judged and monetarily awarded at the national level in June at the annual SAR Congress.

Participants from other organizations must be of equivalent age for 3rd, 4th, or 5th grades, whichever year that American History is taught in the specific school district. If American History is taught in lower grades at selected schools, an entry may be accepted for the competition at the discretion of the SAR Americanism Committee. All entries will be judged on an equal basis regardless of point of origin. Please be aware that the local application deadline dates may vary, so interested applicants should reach out to their local SAR chapter for further details.

The theme for the Poster Contest rotates annually based upon whether the school year ends in an even or odd number. For academic years ending in even numbers, the theme shall be "Revolutionary War Events." For academic years ending in odd numbers, the theme shall be "Revolutionary War Persons."


All posters must be two dimensional. No three dimensional entries will be allowed or accepted.

  • Posters may be submitted either on traditional poster board or thicker display board. The maximum size of the poster board is 24” x 36”.
  • Computer aided graphics designed material may be used on the posters. However, this material must be of original design. No commercially-produced or printed material such as clip art will be allowed. Use of trademarked or copyrighted material will be grounds for disqualification.
  • Each local school winner will compete at the chapter level. Each chapter winner will compete on the state society level. Each society winner will compete on the national level.
  • All posters will be judged by the following criteria:
    • Does the poster express the annual theme?
    • Does the poster show originality by the student?
    • Does the poster show evidence of research?
    • Does the poster show artistic merit and creativity?
    • Does the poster accurately reflect the historical event?
    • Is the poster neat and visually pleasing?

When designing your poster, if you use uniforms/flags, please make sure that the colors and other symbols are ACCURATE for the time period. Posters are disqualfied at the local level if the US flag presented to represent the American Revolution contains 50 stars (for example). While we truly wish to promote creativity, given that we are representing an actual person, place or event, historical details must be accurate.

When designing your poster, please make sure to NOT include your name or any personally identifying information on the front. All of this information must go on the back of the poster. We will disqualify any poster where the name of the artist or the school is on the front (judging must be unbiased).