Carmen Goldthwaite will be the guest speaker at the coming meeting of the Heart of Texas Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas next Monday, February 10, 2014. Her presentation will be drawn from her latest book, “TEXAS DAMES … Sassy & Savvy Women throughout Lone Star History”, which will be available for sale and signing. Goldthwaite will focus on examples from the Republic of Texas. One of these, Margaret (Peggy) McCormick was one of the ”Old 500” of Stephen F. Austin’s First Colony and she provided the land for what is now San Jacinto Park.
In addition to her book-writing, Goldthwaite has been a Columnist and Reporter for several Texas dailies and weeklies, and the Book Reviewer for the Fort Worth Star Telegram. She has also taught Writing and Journalism courses for TCU, SMU and UTA as well as workshops for the DFW Writers and the Writers Guild of Texas. A long list as Guest Speaker/Lecturer has afforded her extensive travel around the state of Texas.
Goldthwaite’s presentation will begin at 4:00 p.m. at the Brady National Bank Community Room, 111 South Blackburn Street in Brady. Refreshments will be served after her program and the Chapter business meeting will follow. Gentlemen who want to hear what makes Texas Women so special are always welcome at DRT programs.
The DRT promotes Texan Honor Days throughout the year. February 19, 1846 marks Texas Statehood Day. The Texans had until the end of the year in 1845 to accept annexation as one of the states of the United States of America. They waited until December 29, 1845 to accept the terms, independent to the end. The formal transfer of authority from the Republic of Texas took place on February 19, 1846 at the log capitol in Austin with President Anson Jones presiding. This is the date which marks the official end of the Republic of Texas.
Texas Independence & Flag Day on March 2 marks the 1836 signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence at Washington-on-the-Brazos. Sam Houston led 59 signers which gave them a basis for legality and helped draw more help from the United States in the struggle for independence from the Republic of Mexico.
Four days later, March 6 is remembered as the end of the siege of the Alamo when Santa Anna’s forces stormed the Alamo and killed the defenders. The newly renovated Long Barrack Museum is the site where the bloodiest hand-to-hand fighting occurred. The names of the defenders who died that day are recorded on a nearby granite memorial called The Alamo Cenotaph.
The Heart of Texas Chapter offers a Scholarship to students graduating from local high schools in May 2014. Applications are available from High School Guidance Counselors at Brady, Rochelle and Lohn High Schools. The scholarship is available for students desiring additional education after high school – at a university, college or trade school. Additional information is also available from Scholarship Chairwoman, Cynthia Quinn at 325-456-7690 or her email at email@example.com.
Inquiries about DRT programs, meetings and membership may be directed to President Karen Bishop at 325-243-5261 or Registrar Sheila Van Zant at 325-344-5423. Information is also available at the official DRT website, www.drtinfo.org and at the local Chapter email address, firstname.lastname@example.org. The Heart of Texas Chapter can also be found on Facebook.