The Heart of Texas Chapter of The Daughters of the Republic of Texas will hold its next meeting on Monday, February 14, in the Striegler Military Complex (Old Curtis Field Control Tower) 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 Shelly Perkins. She will speak on, "Texas Language Patterns". What can you call a jail – other than a jail? Just what is the name of that small black and white animal that can make a really bad odor? What do you call the clavicle of a chicken? Is it slumgullion, lum golly or gumbo? Would you rather have a glass of Coke, or pop, or soda, or belly-wash or circus water?
The DRT would like to remind everyone that February 19 is Texas Statehood Day. The legal entry of Texas in the United States was December 29, 1845. But, the decade-old Republic of Texas did not formally transfer its authority to the new State of Texas until February 19, 1846. This confuses most folks, but not most Texans.
March 2 is Texas Independence Day and Flag Day. On this date, in 1836, the Texas Declaration of Independence was signed at Washington-on-the Brazos. A big celebration is held at the site each year. Many members of DRT participate in the event. Sam Houston’s birthday is also celebrated at the same time.
If you happen to be in San Antonio on Sunday, March 6, you will be able to attend an observance at the Alamo honoring the patriots who died there. The Alamo Mission Chapter of the DRT holds this ceremony annually. The heroes’ names and places of birth will be roll-called by DRT President General Patti Atkins. This is open to the public.
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.