Regent, Sue Nance welcomed the guest followed by the opening. Sue presented a video showing the Texas State Regent’s Project Documentary, “Restoring the Registro of Stephen F. Austin’s Old Three Hundred.”
The State Regent, Joy Haag selected a project that literally lies deep in the heart of all Texas Daughters. In 1827, Stephen F. Austin, the Father of Texas, compiled a Registro, or register, ledger and colony record book in which the land grants and immigration records of the original settlers were recorded, known as “The Old Three Hundred”. “These original settlers received land grants in Austin’s first colony, which pre-dates the Republic of Texas. Many of the Austin colonists either had been patriots of the American Revolution or were descended from these patriots. Housed at the Texas General Land Office in Austin, the Registro is a large volume containing 618 pages that covers the land titles and surveys of the original settlers. This old volume is still intact and will be preserved for generations to marvel at the meticulous record keeping and foresight of the founders of Texas.
The project includes conservation of the Registro, and construction of a presentation box and stand for it. It also calls for construction of a similar presentation box with a Registro facsimile available to the public. In the box a certificate will be placed naming TSDAR as a donor to this gift. In addition, related documents pertaining to other patriots buried in Texas will be restored and conserved as part of the State Regent’s Project.
Plans for the Flag Day Luncheon in June were discussed, then the Chaplain, Charlie Brown gave the benediction and meeting adjourned.