About Us

What does the Joanna Troutman Chapter, NSDAR Do?

The Joanna Troutman Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR or DAR), works to further the goals of the DAR and create a sisterhood of patriotic volunteers through our chapter work, our committee activities, our projects, and our fundraising activities. We strive to laugh, to love, and to serve. We have five regular chapter meetings on the first Sunday of the month in the afternoon, a November Veterans’ event, a Christmas social, and an end of the year chapter appreciation event. If you are interested in finding out more about Joanna Troutman Chapter, NSDAR or the DAR, please feel free to contact us

Our chapter is unique in that it has an annual theme around which many of its activities and projects revolve. Promoting Education, one of the National Society’s goals, will be our chapter’s theme for this 2019-2020 year. Our major project will be a Collaborative Painting done by students at a Magnolia Independent School District Junior High School.

Continuing with our education theme, we will be sponsoring a Veteran-Student essay contest with monetary educational use awards at Lone Star College - Tomball campus. Our new “Joanna’s Club” will encourage members to read memoirs and novels about personal educational experiences. We will continue hosting our Heritage Circle get togethers in member’s homes.


Founded in 1890, the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women's service organization. Membership is based on any woman who is 18 years or older who can prove through documentation her direct lineal bloodline descent from an ancestor who aided in the fight for America's independence through military or civil service or rendered material aid to the cause.

2019 State Conference Attendees

Membership Information

Join DAR
Chapter Events Patriot Baskets

Chapter Events


DAR Objectives

How do we spend our time?

Historic Preservation

Working to preserve American History

DAR members participate in a wide variety of historic preservation projects as it is crucial to saving our history for future generations.


Promoting patriotism for our nation

For 125 years, the DAR has carried the torch of patriotism—and patriotism is the foundation of the many DAR activities that take place in local communities across the country.


Better education for children

The DAR is passionate about educating America’s youth and supports a variety of different programs, contests and awards to help further this goal.

Chapter Projects

God, Home, and Country

Some initiatives of our Magnolia Texas chapter are "Service for Veterans", Million Pollinator Garden Challenge, Heritage Circles, Book Club, and fundraisers to support the national objectives including Wreaths Across America.

Our Chapter Name

Who was Joanna Troutman?

Joanna Troutman is known as the "Betsy Ross of Texas." In 1835, when the Georgian Battalion marched to assist Texas in her fight for independence, Joanna, a native of Georgia, created a flag of white silk bearing a blue, five-pointed star. On the front it said, "Liberty or Death," and, on the reverse side, in Latin, it stated "Where Liberty dwells there is my country." The Troutman flag was unfurled first in Velasco on January 8, 1836, then it was carried to Goliad where on March 8, 1836, it became the first flag to fly over an independent Texas.

A bronze statue by Pompeo L. Coppini was erected at her burial site in the Texas State Cemetery, and her portrait hangs in the state capitol in Austin, Texas.