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History and Historic Preservation

DAR members participate in a wide variety of historic preservation projects in our community as it is crucial to saving our history for future generations. Toll Gate Creek Chapter, NSDAR, participates in many chapter activities that involve historic preservation. At DeLaney Farm Historic District, we spend our Day of Service working on cleaning, painting, and caring for the buildings on the site. We have supported grants and donated money to benefit DeLaney Farm and Centennial House. Both were designated as DAR Historic Property Sites by the Toll Gate Creek Chapter, NSDAR, in 2018.

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History and Historic Preservation Awards, Contests, and Honors

DAR History Award Medal

Any individual or group whose study and/or promotion of some aspect of American history–on a regional or national level–has significantly advanced the understanding of the American past is eligible for this award. A nomination for this prestigious award may be submitted by either a DAR chapter or state society to the Office of Historian General, who with the assistance of her staff makes a complete review of the proposed recipient’s dossier before a final decision is made.

Women in American History

The emphasis of Women in American History is on the role of women, past and present, in American history. Chapters select a notable woman from the state or community to honor for this recognition which acknowledges outstanding contributions which have made a difference in their communities. She may be a historical entity or currently alive and worthy of recognition. Chapters look for women who are, or were intellectual, educational, social, religious, political, scientific, or cultural innovators. They may select more than one woman to honor.

Historic Preservation Medal

The purpose of the prestigious Historic Preservation Medal is to recognize and honor a person who has done extraordinary work over a long period of time in establishing a historic district, preserving a local landmark, restoring or preserving objects of historic cultural significance, establishing or participating in oral history projects, youth leadership, and education as it pertains to historic preservation at the regional, state, and/or national level. The criteria for this award are strict and not all nominations are successful. Professional individuals in the field of historic preservation are eligible for this award if they have demonstrated substantial work in a volunteer capacity in the area of historic preservation. Documentation of their volunteer efforts must accompany the application. DAR members are eligible for this medal; however, they must meet the same requirements as non-DAR candidates.

Historic Preservation Recognition Award

The Historic Preservation Recognition Award is available for DAR members and non-members and is designed to recognize worthy local individuals and groups for outstanding achievements in all areas of historic preservation. The recipient/recipients are expected to have contributed to the community in an outstanding volunteer manner. This award may be presented by state societies or chapters and is administered by a national vice chairman. This is a non-competitive recognition award. Applicants will not be judged against other applicants.

American History Essay Contest

This 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.

Outstanding American History Teacher Award

The state and national DAR recognizes a notable, full-time teacher of American history (and related fields, such as social studies, government, and citizenship education) in public, private, and parochial schools, grades 5–12. The candidate must have an incisive knowledge of American history who readily shares with students, foster a spirit of patriotism and loyal support of our country and constitutional government, demonstrate the ability to relate history to modern life and events, have high academic standards, requiring excellence at all times from students, and be committed to their students and enjoy good rapport with them. For more information about these contests, contact our chapter regent using our Contact Us form.