Daughters of the Republic of Texas chapter slated for Brady

The Daughters of the Republic of Texas plan to install a new chapter in Brady in the near future. To be a member of this group one must have had an ancestor in the Republic of Texas prior to its officially joining the United States on Feb. 19, 1846. This ancestor can be male or female and does not have to have been part of the 1836 war, though these patriot soldiers do qualify their descendants. Colonists under Austin, Bevil, Zavala, etc. also qualify their descendants, as well as citizens in the Republic of Texas from 1836 to February 1846. The DRT was started in Galveston in the late 1890s as a continuance of the efforts of the Texas Veterans Association which had been made up of soldiers and their wives from the 1836 wars. By this time most of the veterans had died with only a few alive’ their descendants needed to pick up the efforts. The DRT’s purpose is to promote and preserve Texas history. Some of the Daughters’ major state projects include the custodianship of the Alamo, the French Legation in Austin and the Cradle in Galveston. Each local chapter decides its own project. There are companion organizations to the Daughters: the Sons of the Republic of Texas and the Children of the Republic of Texas. A children’s chapter can be formed when the Brady Daughters is chartered, and if there are sufficient children who qualify. The children have a convention each summer where they elect their own officers. In 2006, it was at the Alamo, where among other fun events, there was a scavenger hunt on the Alamo grounds by moonlight. This summer the CRT convention was at the John Newcomb Tennis Ranch in New Braunfels. The CRT promotes the love of history in young children and provides a vehicle to meet other children from all over the state to develop leadership skills. “We have enough persons to found the chapter here in Brady if all who are working on papers can successfully complete them,” said DRT member and organizing president Mary Ann Oliver. “However, we welcome others who would qualify to join us in chartering this chapter. “Persons from the neighboring counties where there is no DRT chapter are also welcome. We have the necessary forms and will help you with research for your papers. ‘We plan to have a great deal of fun, but take our role in preserving Texas history seriously. Be a part of deciding our chapter name and the direction this organization will take.’ For more information, contact Mrs. Oliver at 325-597-7069. “If you are already a DRT living in our area, we would love for you to be a part of the new Brady chapter, please let us know about you,” she said.

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