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Daughters of the Republic of Texas Meeting
Wednesday, November 3, 2010 • Posted November 3, 2010

The Heart of Texas Chapter of The Daughters of the Republic of Texas will hold its next meeting on Monday, November 8, 2010, in the Striegler Military Complex of the Heart of Texas Museum. The business meeting will begin at 4:00 PM. At 5:00 PM, refreshments will be served followed by a program. Both are open to the public.

The guest speaker for the program will be Ms. Marina Nemir, of the Sweetwater Independent School District. She has taught Texas History for 18 years at the Sweetwater Middle School and will describe those years. One of her teaching methods included an Annual Alamo Day in which a model of the Alamo and its fortifications was built on the football field and the battle’s events reenacted. Nemir is the daughter of DRT member Julie Harrison of Mason, Texas.

The month of November is of special note to members of the DRT. On November 3, Stephen F. Austin was born in 1793. He is remembered and celebrated as the Father of Texas and was the first American to establish a colony in what was then the state of Coahuilla in the Republic of Mexico. His father, Moses Austin, had originally negotiated that colony shortly before his death.

November 6 marks Founder’s Day for the DRT. On this date, in 1891, a group of seventeen ladies met in Houston in the home of Mrs. Andrew Briscoe. Their purpose was to carry out the ideas of Misses Betty Ballinger and Hally Bryan for organizing a Republic of Texas daughter’s organization to meet with the Texas Veterans.

Additional information is available from the president, Sharon Purcell, at 597-2887 in Brady; from the registrar, Jerry Wilkinson, of Rochelle, at 243-5344; and from Julie Harrison, of Mason, at 347-1070. They also have information about the Heart of Texas Chapter of The Children of the Republic of Texas (CRT), which is sponsored by The Daughters of the Republic of Texas.

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