DAR holding contest for fourth-graders

New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan has signed a proclamation declaring December Harriet Patience Dame Month, calling upon all res­idents of the state to "emulate Ms. Dame’s spirit of service and patrio­tism."

To that end, the New Hampshire Daughters of the American Revolu­tion will offer the Harriet Patience Dame Contest for all New Hamp­shire fourth-graders. The contest is open to students and classrooms of public, private, parochial and home schools.

The contest is particularly well suit­ed to the fourth-grade level, when cur­riculum highlights the study of New Hampshire. While students at this grade level will learn about notable New Hampshire figures in the course of their studies, this Civil War heroine is often overlooked.

Hassan’s proclamation is particu­larly important given that 2015 marks the 200th anniversary of Dame’s birth.

To enter, classes or students par­ticipate in the activity of their choice that will best help them learn about Dame. Once the activity is complet­ed, the classroom will submit the contest form and is be entered into a random drawing.

The winner of the drawing will be awarded a performance by Lorrie O’Connor, a living history re-enactor, who will appear in the character of Ms. Dame.

The entry form must be received by Saturday, Dec. 19. The date and time for the re-enactment will be deter­mined by O’Connor and the winner.

For ideas for activities, more in­formation, contest rules and an en­try form, visit facebook.com/groups/ newhampshiredar or email Mrs. Gag­non at randpgagnon@myfairpoint.net.