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 on Facebook or

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

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 or connect with DAR on social media at and

Sophia Porter's Tombstone

Having trouble adjusting to Cooking For One?

Having trouble adjusting to Cooking For One?

Sherman, Texas | December 27, 2017

When you’re suddenly cooking for one, you may ask yourself “what is the point?” or find yourself at a loss for small meal ideas. Our Cooking For One workshop, designed for those who have suffered a loss, will give you recipe ideas, tips and tricks to help make cooking for yourself more enjoyable. Whether you are a first time cook or experienced pro, this workshop will bring something new to the table.

The workshop begins on Monday, January 8th and continues each week, January 15th, 22nd, and 29th from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. We will meet at the Home Hospice office at 505 W. Center St.,
Sherman, TX. The workshop is sponsored by Home Hospice and seating is limited for this  interactive workshop. Please register by January 2nd by calling Melinda Kyle at 903-868-9315 or email at

“In Cooking for One we are going to have a fun, interactive workshop to learn new ways to cook healthy and delicious meals on a smaller scale,” said Adrian O’Hanlon, top Chef for the workshop. “When someone suffers a loss, they often are not use to cooking smaller or special meals and they get discouraged. Many people think it is just too hard or not worth it when they are only cooking for themselves. Working with each other and sharing ideas, we hope to make cooking fun and healthy.”

Those attending get to participate in planning menus, shopping lists and sharing cooking tips. Plus they will also receive a cookbook of recipes after they attend all sessions. And since the workshop is from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm, they get to help make and eat lunch together! Home Hospice of Cooke County is a local community-based non-profit organization. Our mission is to provide the best care and support to enhance Quality of Life. We value those we serve as they are our neighbors, our friends and our families. For more information please call us at 903-868-9315 or visit our website at or visit our Facebook page at


Cyber Security“Urban Dialog: Science After Dark” will present a panel of local experts leading a discussion of “Cyber-Security”. The event will take place on August 1,
2017, from 7pm to 8pm, in Kelly Square’s Grayson Hall, 113 S. Travis Street, in downtown Sherman. Admission to the event is free with complimentary snacks and beverages provided courtesy of the Sherman Rotary Club. Shawn Kirby of the Herald-Democrat will moderate the event.

Discussion experts include Sergeant D.M. Hampton, Public Information Officer of the Sherman Police Department, Thomas Carter, Network and Operations Manager, Information Technology Department at Austin College, and Charles Curtis, Executive Director of the Information Technology Department at Austin College.

“We don’t think twice about locking a door to protect our real property,” noted museum directorDan Steelman, “but our possessions go far beyondjust real property. We have digital property as well. The sad fact is we live in a world where cyber-crime is becoming more troublesome than ever before.  Whether you are an individual, a business, or a government, it doesn’t matter – cyber-crime is a threat. We are going to look at the topic and discuss ways we can protect ourselves.”

“Urban Dialog: Science After Dark” is a joint production of The Sherman Museum, Austin College, and the Sherman Rotary Club. The series is scheduled for the first Tuesday of every month from 7pm to 8pm. Discussions are held in Grayson Hall and cover a variety of timely topics from the fields of science and history.

About The Sherman Museum
The Sherman Museum is a non-profit 501(c) (3) educational organization devoted to collecting, preserving and interpreting objects of historical significance for visitors and residents of Grayson County and the Greater North Texas Region. The museum was previously known as The Red River Historical Museum prior to a name change in March 2011. For more information about The Sherman Museum contact us at