DRT opens trunk on Texas history

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Shares teaching tool with Fredericksburg Elementary fourth graders

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Members of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas’ Dr. Wilhelm Keidel Fredericksburg Chapter attended the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT) District VIII Workshop in Gonzales on Oct. 19-20, and are shared Texas history with the DRT Traveling Trunk at Fredericksburg Elementary School, Monday through Friday, Oct. 22-26.

Ladies gathered from 17 of the 19 chapters within District VIII at The Expo at J.B. Wells Park to learn skills in specially targeted workshops, renew friendships and plan for the future of DRT.

Delegates from the local chapter who attended included Zala Cox Koym, Sandra Scott Kirchner, Leta Ann Thaxton Metzger, Pam Gressett Stefanov, Paula Swenson and Jeanne Baxter Wallace.

Ladies toured the historic James B. Wells House on Friday evening.

On Saturday, the business meeting was held, with President General Barbara Stevens presiding. Sharon Hodges, member of the Gonzales chapter, presented a special song entitled “The Lone Star”, and all in attendance sang “Texas, Our Texas.”

Local chapter president Sandra Scott Kirchner accepted a Publicity Achievement Award along with three other chapters.

The DRT sponsors annual Texas History Essay Contests and the topics for year 2018-2019 are: Fourth grade — “Cynthia Ann Parker” and seventh grade — “Siege of Bexar.”

This activity is open to all Texas fourth and seventh graders, whether attending a public, parochial, private or home school.

The local Dr. Wilhelm Keidel DRT Chapter will award cash gifts and certificates to each of the top three local participants in both grades, along with recognition of all who participate from Gillespie County.

Winning local essays will advance to District VIII and state competitions.

Submittal deadline is Feb. 15, 2019 to chapter president Sandra Scott Kirchner.

For contest rules, visit:http://www.drtinfo.org/education/essay-contests or call 830-997-8103.

Dr. Wilhelm Keidel DRT Chapter members shared Texas pioneer and Fredericksburg history with the fourth graders at Fredericksburg Elementary School last week.

On Monday, Janie Bailey, Zala Cox Koym and Lauri White Ramsey visited students in Social Studies teacher Valerie Bonn’s classroom, using the DRT Traveling Texas History Trunk.

It is filled with items that the ladies speak about and then give the students an opportunity to touch and feel Texas history up close.

“The Trunk is an effective teaching tool — an excellent way to reach students and further Texas history on to our children,” a spokesman said.

For information on joining DRT, ladies may visit www.drtinfo.org.