DRT Celebrates 131 Years of Preserving Texas History
November 6 marks the founding of the oldest women's patriotic organization in Texas, the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT). On November 6, 1891, a group of sixteen women formalized a vision to perpetuate the memory and spirit of the men and women who achieved and maintained the independence of Texas.
During their 131-year history, the Daughters have inspired Texas patriotism, encouraged and participated in the preservation of Texas history, promoted statewide celebrations of important dates in Texas history, and placed memorial markers at historic sites. Today, the Daughters of the Republic of Texas organization includes more than 7,000 members in 99 chapters whose efforts include a variety of education, preservation, and research projects.
The DRT promotes the teaching of Texas history and awards scholarships. The organization honors both students and teachers through Art Contests, Essay Contests, Children’s Camps at the Museums, and K-12 Resources at the DRT Library. “Keeping Texas history alive for present and future Texas descendants is at the heart of what we do,” says Past President General Karen Thompson.