The Sons of the Republic of Texas, Inc. (“SRT”) consists of members who are direct lineal descendants of those that settled the Republic of Texas prior to February 19, 1846, when Texas merged with the United States as the 28th state. The SRT traces its origins back to April, 1893, and the Texas Veterans Association, which was comprised of members that actually lived in the Republic of Texas. It was incorporated as a non-profit corporation in 1934.
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The purpose of the SRT shall be to perpetuate the memory and spirit of the men and women who achieved the independence of Texas, set the young Republic upon its high course among the nations of the world, and finally secured its admission as a state of the United States of America.
The mission of the SRT shall be to: (a)Encourage research and publication of historical records and documents prior to and during the Republic of Texas; (b)Foster the preservation of historic sites, documents, and artifacts, prior to February 19, 1846; (c)Participate in community activities, which remind the public of its Republic of Texas heritage; and (d)Organize, promote, publicize and commemorate the observance of the following historical dates of the Republic of Texas.
|Texas Independence Day||March 2|
|Fall of the Alamo||March 6|
|Goliad Massacre||March 27 (Palm Sunday - 1836)|
|San Jacinto Day||April 21|
|Texas Ranger Day||August 5|
|Texian Navy Day||3rd Saturday in September|
|Battle of Gonzales||October 2|
|Stephen F. Austin's Birthday||November 3|
The SRT shall organize and promote public recognition of dates and places of historical significance to the Republic of Texas with monuments and other appropriate signage or events.
Work independently or in cooperation with state agencies and with other patriotic organizations in activities designed to obtain proper recognition, preservation and/or marking of places of historical significance.
Advocate the study of Texas history in schools through its annual Texas History Essay Contest for scholarship awards, to high school seniors, totalling $6000
Sponsor the annual $2500 Summerfield G. Roberts Award in literature based on history of people and events in the Republic of Texas.
Administer the annual Presidio La Bahia Award of $2000 for research or other work in connection with Texas' Spanish Colonial period
Maintain the Spanish-Texas Microfilm Center and the O'Connor Collection of historical materials.
Standing (L to R):
Robert Kendall, KSJ, PPG - Executive Committeeman
John Knox - Executive Committeeman
Ken Pfeiffer - Secretary General
L. Clay Fisher - Historian General
Janet Knox - Administration Assistant
Seated (L to R):
Randy Pollard - Treasurer General
Ed Heath - 1st Vice President General
Bob Steakley, KSJ - President General
William Power - 2nd Vice President General
David Stone - Chaplain General
The highest honor bestowed by The Sons of the Republic of Texas is election of a member to knighthood in the Order of San Jacinto. This elite honorary organization was established in 1843 by General Sam Houston, leader of the victorious Texans at the Battle of San Jacinto. The honor is accorded to those who have rendered outstanding service to Texas, in keeping with the mission, purpose and goals of The Sons of the Republic of Texas. Only three members may be elected to the order in any one year.
To be eligible for Knighthood in the Order of San Jacinto, a person must be an active member of The Sons of the Republic of Texas, either by lineal descent or as an honorary member. In addition, he must have performed outstanding service to the State of Texas, made a sacrifice beyond the call of duty on her behalf, or by his talents and efforts, contributed to the proud heritage of Texas.
The first Sons of the Republic of Texas was formed on April 21, 1893, at Richmond, Texas, by several sons and grandsons of veterans of the Texas Revolution. Their main purpose was to accompany the Texas Veterans Association members to their annual reunions. The Texas Veterans Association ceased to exist when its last member, Alphonso Steele, died in 1911. With the demise of the Texas Veterans Association, the Sons of the Republic of Texas slowly became inactive.
On March 2, 1922, the ideals of the Texas Veterans Association adopted by the first Sons of the Republic of Texas once again inspired the formation of a new organization. Its revitalization was due in a large part by the realization that Texas heritage would not be remembered without constant reminders to the community. Membership requirements for the SRT were broadened to include any male being a direct descendant of a resident of the Republic of Texas. The San Jacinto Chapter, located in Houston, Texas, received the first charter. On October 20, 1934, the SRT was incorporated under the laws of Texas as a non-profit corporation.
The SRT has been an active leader in preserving Texas’ rich heritage. In 1936, the SRT was instrumental in the design and construction of the San Jacinto Monument and the founding of the Museum. In 1957, the SRT influenced the Texas legislature to appropriate funds for the construction of the Texas State Library and Archive Building. In 2003, the SRT and other historical organizations worked with the Texas legislature to designate March as Texas History Month. In 2005, the SRT led the movement for the Texas legislature to designate the third Saturday in September of each year as Texian Navy Day.
The Sons of the Republic of Texas (“SRT”) values and respects the privacy of each of its members. We never knowingly keep your driver’s license or social security numbers. Should your social security number, driver’s license number, or any other sensitive personal information that you do not want divulged, be on an application, it is your responsibility to remove it before submitting.
Your name and home address are released to SRT District Representatives, chapter presidents, and to other SRT members. Our communication operations require the need to have your name and address in our records. SRT applications are digitized and put on a DVD; these DVDs are in the public domain. By submitting your application for membership, you acknowledge acceptance of this policy.
Since one of the goals of the SRT is to promote and facilitate genealogical research, all information contained in your membership application is open to the public. Except for some family Bible information, all of the information you use to compile your application is available from public sources.
The purposes of The Sons of the Republic of Texas, Inc. (“SRT”) and chapter websites, social media sites, electronic newsletters, and emails are:
"Domain Name": An dentification string that defines a realm of administrative autonomy, authority, or control on the Internet. Domain names are formed by the rules and procedures of the Domain Name System (DNS). (Ex. www.srttexas.org – in this example, “srttexas.org” is the domain name)
"Internet Presence": Any domain or IP address listed and/or published on the worldwide web (WWW) using any sort of programming code.
"IP": Internet Protocol address – assigned to each computer registered on the network.
"Social Media Sites": include, but are not limited to Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, LinkedIn, or any other form of electronic internet presence meant to promote the SRT.
"SRT": The Sons of the Republic of Texas
The SRT encourages chapters to create and maintain World Wide Web and social media sites, electronic newsletters, and emails to promote the purpose, mission, and goals of the SRT as set forth in the SRT Constitution and Bylaws. Chapter websites, social media sites, electronic newsletters, and emails are avenues for educating and providing information to its members and the public. The Information Technology Committee can assist chapters in these endeavors, help with technological challenges, and, in doing so, shall protect the interests of the SRT.
Before creation of a website or social media site, chapters can contact the Information Technology Committee for guidelines and assistance, including domain name registrations and IP (Internet Protocol) addresses. The committee has created many sites and is experienced in creating, programming, and commissioning them; the committee is a resource for chapters and members.
The content of the chapter websites, posts on any social media sites, electronic newsletters, emails, and any link(s) are strictly controlled by this policy.
In order to protect the interests of the SRT, the Information Technology Committee Chairman and/or selected committee member(s) shall contact the First Vice President General to report any perceived problem. The Information Technology Committee members shall monitor every SRT chapter website and every chapter social media site(s).
The SRT encourages all chapters to utilize and maintain electronic newsletters as often as practicable. All electronic newsletters shall be subject to this policy
The SRT encourages all chapters t0 utilize and maintain electronic newsletters as often as practicable. All electronic newsletters shall be subject to this policy
"This email was sent to you by XX Chapter of The Sons of the Republic of Texas. If you no longer wish to receive emails of this nature, please click here (hot link placed here) or email us at XX@XXchapterSRT.org."If someone requests removal from the email distribution, promptly remove the address, and notify the requestor that the address has been removed.
The SRT reserves all rights allowed by law and equity to enforce this policy, including those rights given by its Constitution and Bylaws.