Shelby County DRT hosts district workshop

Daughters of the Republic of Texas session focuses on history, organization business

Shelby County Courthouse, other sites toured by DRT guests in Center for district workshop

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District Daughters of the Republic of Texas workshop held in Center


More than 100 members of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas were in Center late last week for the state organization’s District IV Workshop.

Guests started arriving Friday, Aug. 10,  for socializing and taking tours of Shelby County historic sites hosted by members of the William Carroll Crawford Chapter, according to Judy Lee, president of Shelby County’s William Carroll Crawford Chapter.


We take turns hosting the district meetings each year,” she said of chapters in the district. “We hold a convention each year where chapters from all over the state meet.”


Guests included representatives from 22 difference chapters.
Saturday’s workshops were held at the Center High School Cafetorium while Center’s Hampton Inn served as the host hotel.


Center Mayor David Chadwick kicked off the Saturday workshop sessions with words of welcome. Business sessions and reports followed


Lee said District IV of the statewide organization includes Daughters of the Republic of Texas chapters from throughout eastern Texas, including those members from Tyler, Mabank, Longview, Hemphill, Livingston, Lufkin, Nacogdoches, Crockett, Jasper and San Augustine and Palestine.


Lee and other local members lead tours of the Reba January James Heritage Library in the First Ladies in Texas building, the historic 1885 Shelby County Courthouse and the old hospital/sanitarium built in 1873.


The Center Sanitarium was established in 1928 and was located in a Victorian-style home that had been built in the 1870s, according to DRT hosts.


We have the state president here,” Lee said. She and other members provided information on the tours as guests toured the library and its genealogy library and exhibits, the courthouse and sanitarium.


The Daughters of the Republic of Texas, a lineal organization, shares a mission of education, research, preservation and the protection of the history of the Republic of Texas.

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