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Calendar of Activities and Events 2020-2021

Due to Covid-19, we are continuing to suspend our in-person meetings until further notice and have opted to convene many of our meetings virtually via Zoom. Please contact us if you are interested in learning more about the Balcones Chapter and joining one of our meetings and programs.

August 20, 2020 (Thursday) 11:30 am
Balcones Chapter Meeting & Program

Speaker: Steffani Raff
Topic: "Echoes of the Women Who Have Gone Before - Celebrating Women's Suffrage"
A special video performance of the story of women's suffrage through the eyes and experiences of Utah suffragette and journalist, Emeline B. Wells.

August 23, 2020 (Sunday) 1:00 pm
Program Only

Speakers: Betty Prince, Texas Society of the Mayflower Descendants Central Texas Colony's Governor and Janet Kres, Balcones Chapter, Honorary Regent
Topic: "Celebrating the 400th Anniversary of the Mayflower Voyage"
Commemorating the historic Mayflower Voyage and the Plymouth Colony. Discover the "why" and "how" of the famous voyage. Obtain information relating to Mayflower Ancestry, the Mayflower Society and how to apply for membership.

September 11 - 12, 2020 (Thurs - Sun)
Texas DAR Virtual Fall Forum

Fall Forum registration starts on Monday, August 3rd at 10:00 am. It closes on Monday, September 7th.

September 17, 2020 (Thursday) 12:00 pm
Program Only

Special guests for this unique luncheon program will be joining us from the Texas SAR Patrick Henry Chapter, along with interested family of chapter members.
Speaker: David B. Appleton, AIH
Topic: "Heraldry, History, and Revolutionary War Connections"
The History of Heraldry (The use of Coat of Arms or Family Crests) dates back to the late 12th century with roots that go back much further. It remains a living art in the 21st century. This presentation will define what heraldry is; look at its roots and present some of the ways it has been, and continues to be, used with several examples from well-known Americans. We will conclude with the use of arms by signers of the Declaration of Independence and by other well-known figures of the Revolutionary War.
General James Cox Chapter Sponsored Contests

September 19, 2020 (Saturday) 11:00 pm
DAR & SAR Constitution Week Luncheon

This Zoom conference is hosted by Capital Area Regents Council, NSDAR and Patrick Henry and Alexander Hamilton Chapters, SAR.
Speaker: Deborah Olive Moran
Topic: "Benjamin Franklin and the American Revolution"

October 15, 2020 (Thursday) 11:30 am
Balcones Chapter Meeting & Program

Speaker: Katie Turner Getty, J.D.
Topic: "Women Speaking Softly: Female Voices of the Boston Massacre"
A historical presentation exploring the testimonies of three women who witnessed the Boston Massacre and testified as to their firsthand observations of the shootings amidst a sea of male witnesses.

October 17, 2020 (Saturday) 9:30 am
Founders' Day - Day of Service

Volunteer Activity to refurbish the Balcones Escarpment Texas Historical Marker on Loop 360. Supplies will be provided. Additionally, a special program will be held to honor founding members of the Balcones Chapter.

November 10 & 13 (Tuesday & Friday) 1:00 pm
Veteran's Day Flag Placement

Volunteer on November 10th with Wreaths Across America to place flags on the graves of our veterans with DAR sister chapters in Austin and SAR to honor our veterans. Then assist on November 13th with flag pickup.

November 12, 2020 (Thursday) 11:30 am
Balcones Chapter Meeting & Program

Speaker: Janice Lovelace, Ph.D.
Topic: "Is Great-Grandmother Really Native American? An Introduction to Native American Genealogical Research"
Many families have the oral history that an ancestor was Native American. How does a family researcher begin to discover if this is true? What federal, state and tribal records are available? Dr. Lovelace will guide you through these specialized resources.

December 6, 2020 (Sunday)
Balcones Holiday Party & Chapter Meeting

Hosted by: Balcones Chapter Officers

Wreaths Across America
December 18, 19, 26, 2020

Remember and Honor our veterans through the laying of Remembrance Wreaths on the graves of our country's fallen heroes and the act of saying the name of each and every veteran aloud.

January 13, 2021 (Wednesday) 7:00 pm
Balcones Chapter Meeting & Program

Speaker: Phillip S. Greenwalt
Topic: "Remember the Ladies of the American Revolutionary Era" "Remember the Ladies..." Abigail Adams wrote to her husband, John on March 31, 1776, in the build-up toward the declaration of American independence from Great Britain. During the ensuing eight-year conflict and in the creation of the current American government, women played a critical role, which this talk will examine, from Martha, to Abigail, to Mercy Otis Warren, and to the countless women whose names have been unintentionally lost to the pages of history.

January 21, 2021 (Thursday) 10:00 am
Balcones Chapter Veteran Volunteer Day

Service to Veterans: Homeless Veterans Project

February 7, 2021 (Sunday) 1:00 pm
Program Only

Topic: "Gotta Love Genealogy!"

February 13, 2021 (Saturday) 11:00 am
George Washington's Birthday Luncheon

Speaker: Selected by Sons of the American Revolution.

February 16, 2021 (Thursday) 4:00 pm
Balcones Chapter Meeting & Program

Speaker & Topic: TBA

March 10-13, 2021 (Wed - Sun)
121st TXDAR State Conference in Austin, TX

April 10, 2021 (Saturday) Members Only
Balcones Genealogical Field Trip

April 15, 2021 (Thursday) 4:00 pm
Balcones Chapter Meeting & Program

Speaker: Carlene Steel
Topic: "Meet You on the Trail"
The Santa Fe Trail was an historic trail that began in the United States-Independence, Missouri, and ended in a foreign country-Santa Fe, Mexico. It was 780 miles in length and was an international trade road. Join us as we learn about the significance of the trail and how it opened the door to American expansion in the Southwest.

May 20, 2021 (Thursday) 11:30 am
Balcones Chapter Meeting

Spring Luncheon & Fundraiser

May 25, 2021, Monday
CARC Memorial Day Ceremony

Austin-Area Chapters are invited to attend/participate.

June 14, 2021 (Monday)
Flag Day

Fly your American Flag to Celebrate.

June 30-July 4, 2021 (Wed - Sun)
130th Annual DAR Continental Congress