Sophia Porter’s Tombstone Repair Described at Preston Trail DAR Meeting

Sophia Porter’s Tombstone Repair Described at Preston Trail DAR Meeting

Pottsboro, Texas –  February 10, 2018
There was an interesting program given at the February 1st meeting of the Preston Trail NSDAR meeting. The title of the program was “The Preservation of Historic Preston Bend Tombstones.”  Ken Smith was the speaker and is a Civil War reenactor who is very active in the Lake Texoma area to help keep our history alive.  He is a member of the Sons of the Confederacy, and is camp commander of Col. George R. Reeves 11th Texas Cavalry Camp #349.  This group regularly holds re-dedication ceremonies and participates in uniformed civil war battle reenactments at events around the area.

This is the group that raised the considerable funds required to repair Sophia Porter’s grave stone.  It was leaning and in grave danger of toppling to the ground.   Colonial Monuments of Denison was hired to do the actual restoration work on the stone at Preston Bend Cemetery near Lake Texoma.

The Preston Trail DAR chapter donated one of Natalie Bauman’s books, “Quantrill’s Raiders in North Texas” to the Pottsboro Library, since it contains stories pertaining to Sophia Porter’s actions during the Civil War.

Also at this meeting,  new member Annette Hamill was introduced into the Preston Trail chapter of the NSDAR.

Would you like to be part of our meetings and be able to listen to the interesting speakers we have each month?  You are welcome to come and see what the DAR is all about even if you are not a member.  Would you like to be involved in the good works that DAR participates in?  Anyone interested in receiving help to prove their ancestry for qualification to become a Daughter of the American Revolution are welcome to contact our chapter at www.facebook.com/PrestonTrailNSDARPottsboroTX75076 on Facebook or www.DAR.org.

The Preston Trail Chapter of the DAR next meets Thursday, March 1st, and thereafter through May on the first Thursday of the month at 5pm for snacks and fellowship and at 6pm for chapter meetings and programs.  For the meeting location please contact the chapter at prestontrailnsdar@gmail.com

The speaker for the March 1st meeting will be Catherine Fowler, with the program title “Southern Fried.”  There’s something enchanting and irresistible about the style of a Southern woman and the incomparable culture that produced her.  Come revel in our wonderfulness as we gently poke fun at all things Southern — from magnolias to moon pies.   Sit a spell on the porch and share in the laughter as we decode the manners and myths, the rules and rituals of the storied South.  Rich traditions such as how to eat watermelon in your frilly sundress to the importance of biscuits, banjos, and bless your heart will all be explained.  We will make you proud of putting’ on the grits!   Y’all come now, ya hear ?

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. Its members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. With more than 177,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world’s largest and most active service organizations.  DAR members are committed to volunteer service having served more than 12.5 million hours in communities throughout the world during the past three years.  To learn more about the work of today’s DAR, visit www.DAR.org or connect with DAR on social media at facebook.com/TodaysDARtwitter.com/TodaysDAR and youtube.com/TodaysDAR.

Sophia Porter's Tombstone

Preston Trail Chapter, NSDAR tour The Texas First Ladies’ Historical Gown Collection at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas

This is a long title but Texas Daughters (or “TXDAR members”) should consider making a field trip to Denton to view this wonderful display of gowns as well as the chance to see other historic rooms in Hubbard Hall which have irreplaceable interior designs.

DAR Tour Texas First Ladies Gown Collection

More importantly, the collection was created by the Texas Society of the DAR during the administration of the late Dr. Marion Day Mullins, State Regent from 1937 to 1940, presenting the collection to TWU on behalf of the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1940.

Members of Preston Trail Chapter NSDAR of Pottsboro, as well as some members from the Rebecca Crockett Chapter of Gainesville NSDAR visited on July 20. The tour was graciously conducted by Docent Ann Barton.

Though there are approximately 40 gowns in the complete collection only 20 at a time are on display to the public as they rotated out for necessary repairs and restoration and some selections are sent to Austin for display at the University of Texas.

The gowns are displayed in environmentally protective glass cases with large plaques opposite which provide information on the governors, the First Ladies, and accomplishments of each lady.  In addition, each plaque describes the fabric of the gown with its various embellishments.  Ms. Barton gave additional historic information concerning the displays.

Older styles ranged from high necks, long sleeves, and full skirts through the 1919s and 1920s with short skirts, no sleeves, and hand-sewn decorations of beads, gems, and sequins.  Some of the more recent styles echo the older gowns but are sewn using more modern fabrics.

Gowns on display include those of Texas’ first three First Ladies from 1836 to 1846 during the Republic of Texas.  Others date from U. S. annexation in 1846 to the present, and there are several from First Ladies of the United States who have had very special ties to Texas.

Restoration and proper safeguarding of the gowns are provided for by generous donations from the community as well as from local and national foundations, and is of great importance to TXDAR, State Regent, Judy Ostler. During the 118th Texas State Conference Mrs. Ostler designated a special fund be created for the specific purpose of restoration of several heavily damaged dresses.

“We urge all Texas Daughters to try to visit this unique exhibit of Texas history,” said Mrs. Vicki McComack, Regent of the Preston Trail Chapter.  Special arrangements for the tour were attended by Mrs. Lisa Lettie, Honorary Regent Preston Trail Chapter.

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. Its members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. With more than 177,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world’s largest and most active service organizations.  DAR members are committed to volunteer service having served more than 12.5 million hours in communities throughout the world during the past three years.  To learn more about the work of today’s DAR, visit www.DAR.org or connect with DAR on social media at facebook.com/TodaysDARtwitter.com/TodaysDAR and youtube.com/TodaysDAR.