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Daughters of Republic of Texas Meeting
Wednesday, January 5, 2011 • Posted January 5, 2011

The Heart of Texas Chapter of The Daughters of the Republic of Texas will hold its next meeting on Monday, January 10, 2011, 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 speaker for the program will be Cynthia Quinn. She will speak on "How to Value Family Treasures." Is this a precious antique? Is this a garage sale candidate? Examples of how to determine the difference will be discussed.

During December, DRT members made a field trip to Austin, Texas to tour the French Legation Museum. The home was built as the residence for Count Alphonse Dubois de Saligny who was the French charge d’affaires to the Republic of Texas. The house and outbuildings were completed in 1841 and occupied as a residence until 1940. Four main rooms with fireplaces are built around a central hallway. An attic and a wine cellar are also included. In 1952, the DRT accepted custodianship for the state of Texas. The museum and grounds are open to the public for tours. Groups of more than eight are asked to phone in advance. The Legation is located two blocks east of I-35 on 9

January marks the anniversary of the passing of the Texas Homestead Act in 1839 during the presidency of Mirabeau B. Lamar. Thus, Texas became the first country in the world to ensure that a man’s home and means of livelihood could not be taken away for debt. This act passed on January 26, 1839.

Also at President Mirabeau B. Lamar’s suggestion, the Third Congress of the Republic of Texas appropriated three leagues of land in each county from the public domain to be set aside for establishing a public school system. Lamar is remembered as the "Father of Texas Education".

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. 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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