Austin Colony Chapter
Austin, Texas

Stephen F. Austin

About the Chapter

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 military.

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 Mecklenburg Declaration.

Chapter Activities

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.

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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.

If you are interested in DAR membership in our chapter, email us because we'd love to hear from you.

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