Austin Colony Chapter was named in honor of
the colonists who came to Texas with Stephen
F. Austin in the 1820s, while Texas was
still part of Mexico. The chapter was
organized April 22, 1952, at the home of
Mrs. Kelly McAdams. Mrs. Paralee Parrish,
the Organizing Regent, presided. The first
woman Governor of Texas, Mrs. Miriam A.
Ferguson, was among the 32 organizing
members. All members added the first year
were classified as Charter Members.
Today, Austin Colony Chapter
more than 100
members, including junior members and
associate members. The membership is
primarily drawn from Travis County and
Austin. It includes women who are prominent
in the volunteer community of Austin,
business and professional women, and retired
The members' patriot ancestors represent
every one of the 13 colonies. They include
soldiers, women and men who gave aid to the
cause, and even one of the signers of the
Austin Colony Chapter actively supports active-duty military and veterans, particularly through projects related to the Austin VA Outpatient Clinic. We also present ROTC medals at Travis High School and the University of Texas. In December 2016, the chapter coordinated Austin-area DAR efforts to bring Wreaths Across America to the Texas State Cemetery for the first time. The chapter is also actively involved in the Texas State Regent’s Project in support of the TWU First Ladies Gown Collection, as well as the Spanish Task Force, an effort to identify Spanish patriots who aided in Revolutionary War efforts.
Why Join DAR?
Women join DAR for many reasons. It
offers an opportunity to express
patriotism through connecting with a
Revolutionary War ancestor. It helps us
understand the importance of America's
proud history. It promotes service to
the community and the nation through
many types of volunteer activities. It
brings fellowship and new friendships.
DAR is truly a community.