Special to The Reporte

The Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Bosque River Chapter, will have their first meeting of 2010 on Tuesday, Jan. 12, at the First Presbyterian Church of Stephenville at 3 p.m. The program will be given by artist and author Patricia Winegar from Glen Rose. She will present her book, “Shouts down Trees, A Warriors Journey.” She captures experiences and images of life in the camp of The People long ago. Copies of the book will be for sale.

“What are your Native American connections?” is the question that will be answered by each member during roll call. Change will be collected to donate to a Daughters of the Republic project.

Mirabeau B. Lamar Day, Jan. 26, will be recognized. President Lamar encouraged Congress to appropriate land in each county from the public domain to be set aside for a public school system. He is called the “Father of Texas Education” for this far-sighted idea. We will also recognize Texas Statehood Day, Feb. 19. On that date in 1846 the flag of the Republic of Texas was lowered at the state capitol when Governor James Pinckney took office and the Republic of Texas ceased to exist.

Members of Bosque River Chapter live in Stephenville, Hico, Dublin, Glen Rose, Rainbow and Breckenridge. To become a member a lady must be a direct descendant from someone who served the Republic of Texas prior to Feb. 19, 1846. For more information, on becoming a member contact chapter registrar Linda Bowden at 254-968-6880.