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Daughters of Republic Celebrate Birthday
Wednesday, November 23, 2011 • Posted November 23, 2011

The Daughters of the Republic of Texas hosted a 120th Birthday Reception at the Alamo in San Antonio on Sunday, November 6. Among the hostesses were, left to right, were: Rosemary Geyer and Mary Ann Oliver of the Alamo Couriers Chapter, and Shelly Perkins of the Heart of Texas Chapter. Oliver was the Founding President of the Heart of Texas Chapter. The reception was open to the public and included the first-time display of a letter written by William Barrett Travis while still commanding the Alamo.DRT Founder’s Day is celebrated each year as the beginning of the DRT 120 years ago in 1891. The inspiration for the organization came from two young women, Betty Ballinger and Hally Bryan. Originally called the Daughters of the Lone Star Republic, the name was later changed to the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. Mrs. Anson Jones, the widow of the last president of the Republic of Texas, was the first president of the DRT.On Friday, November 4, Geyer and Perkins also attended the luncheon honoring the birthday of Stephen F. Austin given by the William Barrett Travis Chapter in Austin, Texas. Accompanying them were their daughters, Kristen Geyer Knowles and Rebecca Richards Harmonson, both of Austin.The Heart of Texas Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas held its November meeting on Monday, November 14, in their meeting room located in the 100 block of North College Street, Brady, Texas.The meeting began at 4:00 PM with a program by DRT member, Linda Davis. She detailed the history of Andrew Kent – her ancestor and one of the Alamo Heroes. After Davis spoke, refreshments were served and a business meeting followed.The DRT would like to publicly thank the F. M. Richards Library Board and staff for their opportunity to host their Texas Lineage Research Day at the Library. One of the main objectives of the DRT is to encourage others to learn about their family’s history as well as the history of Texas, especially during the 1836 Revolution and its time as an independent Republic from 1836-1846. The DRT meetings are always open to the public. Visitors are encouraged as are inquiries regarding membership and association. For information please call president Sheila Van Zant at 625-344-5423 or registrar Jerry Wilkinson at 325-2456.

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