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DRT chapter celebrates Texas Statehood Honor Day

The Isaac Low Chapter members dressed to mark Texas Statehood Honor Day.
The Isaac Low Chapter members dressed to mark Texas Statehood Honor Day.Judy Everett Ramos

The Isaac Low Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT) celebrated Texas Statehood Honor Day at their Feb. 19, 2014 meeting.

The DRT website explains that Texas Statehood Honor Day is February 19. It marks the date in 1846 when the Republic of Texas formally transferred the authority to the new State of Texas, even though the legal entry of Texas into the Union was Dec. 29, 1845.

“The Texans had until the end of the year in 1845 to accept the annexation as one of the states of the United States of America. They waited until December 29, 1845 to accept the terms, independent to the end. The formal transfer of authority from the Republic of Texas took place February 19, 1846 at the log capitol in Austin with President Anson Jones presiding. On this day we celebrate the end of the Republic of Texas.”

Chapter members wore bandanas, hats and other frontier Texas attire and they celebrated with a special cake to mark the occasion.

The Isaac Low Chapter celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2013. The chapter was founded in 1988.

Approximately 7,000 women across the state are members of The Daughters of the Republic of Texas. There are 106 chapters.

Any woman having attained her 16th birthday is eligible for membership who is a lineal descendant of a man or woman who rendered loyal service for Texas prior to the consummation of the Annexation Agreement of the Republic of Texas with the United States of America February 19, 1846. Founded in 1891, The Daughters of The Republic of Texas is the oldest patriotic women’s organization in Texas and one of the oldest in the nation.

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