DRT Pictorial History
On November 5th, 2016, the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT) celebrated their 125th Anniversary Celebration at the LBJ Ranch National Park in Stonewall, Texas.
The DRT is the oldest patriotic women’s organization in Texas and one of the oldest in the nation. In 1891, Betty Ballinger and Hally Bryan formulated plans for an association to be composed of women who were direct descendants of the men and women who established the Republic of Texas. Their ongoing mission has been to perpetuate the memory and spirit of those who achieved and maintained the independence of Texas.
The story of Texas and the story of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas have been intertwined from the beginning. The DRT exists so that the next generation will understand the struggles of early Texans for freedom and independence. It is more important now than ever that Texans — and the world — understand our state's rich history.
Today the organization has grown to over 7,000 members. The DRT continues to play an important and significant role in propagating Texas history by maintaining tens of thousands of historical documents in the DRT Library Collection, helping to educate today’s students on the bygone eras of Texas, preserving various historical properties, operating the Republic of Texas Museum in Austin and much more.
Join us below for a pictorial tour of some of the highlights of the DRT's 125 years of service.