Co-hosted by the Nueces County Historical Commission and the Sons of the Republic of Texas, the observance will mark the 175th year of Texas Independence since 1836.
“All those interested in observing Texas Independence Day are invited to attend the Toast,” said Jo Zell Horne, publicity chairman.
At its Feb. 12 meeting at Driscoll Children’s Hospital, Dr. Robert Wooster, history professor at Texas A&M, Corpus Christi introduced his current outstanding history major, Rebecca R. Lyons. Diana Broyles, third vice president of the chapter, presented the annual DRT Scholarship to Rebecca.
The members also celebrated Texas Statehood Day on Friday, Feb. 18, at Sugarbaker’s on Sante Fe Drive in Corpus Christi.During the meeting, the chapter observed the legal entry of Texas into the union which took place Dec. 29, 1845, although the decade-old Republic of Texas did not formally transfer the authority to the new state of Texas until Feb. 19, 1846.
The Texans had until the end of the year in 1845 to accept the annexation as one of the states of the United States of America. They waited until Dec. 29, to accept the terms, independent to the end.
The formal transfer took place at the log Capitol in Austin with President Anson Jones presiding. On this day we celebrate the end of the Republic of Texas.