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Daughters of the Republic
Tuesday, February 2, 2010 • Posted February 2, 2010

The Heart of Texas Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas will hold its next meeting on Monday, February 8, in the Striegler Military Complex at the Heart of Texas Historical Museum. The meeting will begin at 3:00 PM and is open to the public.

Following the business meeting, Clara Porter, of Menard, will present a program about the Texas Parks and Wildlife, and its renewed activities at the Presidio de San Saba located in Menard, Texas.

Many notable events have happened during the months of February in Texas. In 1828, while Texas was still a state of the Republic of Mexico, Freemasonry began when several Masons, including Stephen F. Austin, met at San Felipe de Austin to consider petitioning the Grand Lodge of Mexico to organize a lodge in Texas.

The DRT also reminds us to recall that on February 8, 1836, Davy Crockett and the Tennessee Volunteers arrived at the Alamo responding to the call to come to her defense. Jim Bowie had recently arrived from his scouting trip to Menard County where he was ambushed by Indians while looking for silver. (A Texas Centennial Marker is located on Calf Creek Road commemorating this event.) Col. William B. Travis was now in command of the defenders. By February 23, Santa Anna and his Mexican army had surrounded the Alamo, prompting Travis to, "draw a line in the sand" and write his famous letter declaring that, "I will never surrender or retreat."

February also claims important information about the end of the Republic of Texas and its admission into the U.S. On December 29, 1845, the United States of America officially admitted Texas to the Union as its 28th

state. However, it was not until February of 1836 that the state of Texas’ First Legislature was convened in Austin, thereby completing the process of annexation. On February 19, 1846, the Flag of the Republic was lowered at the State Capitol building. Governor James Pinckney Henderson formally took office and the Republic of Texas ceased to exist. Sam Houston and Thomas J. Rusk were elected to serve as the first U.S. Senators. This is the cause of the difference in opinions about the longevity of Texas as a Republic. February 19 is officially named the "State of Texas Anniversary Remembrance Day".

The DRT welcomes visitors and inquiries. Auxiliary Memberships are available for those who are interested in the early history of Texas even though their ancestors were not residents during the time of the Republic, 1836-1845. Additional information is available from the president, Sharon Purcell, at 597-2887 in Brady, and from the registrar, Jerry Wilkinson, of Rochelle, at 243-5344.

Contact: Shelly Perkins, Historian



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