WHO ARE THE SONS OF THE REPUBLIC OF TEXAS?
The Sons of the Republic of Texas, Inc. (“SRT”) consists of members who are direct lineal descendants of the pioneers and colonists that settled the Republic of Texas prior to February 19, 1846, when Texas merged with the United States as the 28th state. The SRT traces its origins back to April,1893, and the Texas Veterans Association, which was comprised of members that actually lived in the Republic of Texas. The SRT was incorporated as a non-profit corporation in 1934.
The Thomas J. Rusk Chapter
The Thomas J. Rusk chapter of the SRT serves the Dallas area and its surrounding suburbs. Our chapter participates in a variety of North Texas events such as the Texas State Fair, local parades, preservation efforts, and educational sessions.
The chapter is named after Thomas Jefferson Rusk who was an early pioneer and subsequently a soldier and a statesman in the Republic of Texas. When he came to Texas in 1834, it was meant to be a short visit but, by 1835, he had decided to stay and applied for a headright in David Burnetts Colony.
His story is really quite fascinating and can be found here: The Story of Thomas J Rusk.
Objectives of the SRT
The SRT shall organize and promote public recognition of dates and places of historical significance to the Republic of Texas with monuments and other appropriate signage or events.
Work independently or in cooperation with state agencies and with other patriotic organizations in activities designed to obtain proper recognition, preservation and/or marking of places of historical significance.
Advocate the study of Texas history in schools through its annual Texas History Essay Contest for scholarship awards, to high school seniors, totaling $6000
Maintain the Spanish-Texas Microfilm Center and the O’Connor Collection of historical materials.