Welcome to Texarkana, Arkansas!
Photo: Texarkana Chapter, NSDAR – 100th Anniversary
Welcome to the Texarkana Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, chartered in Texarkana, Arkansas!
The Texarkana Chapter is dedicated to the National society’s focus of Patriotism, Historical Preservation, and Education. Formed January 27, 1916, with 30 charter members, the Organizing Regent was Mrs. Nannie Kelley Foreman. The first Chapter yearbook was printed in 1923. At that time, the Chapter had forty-three members, although five of the charter members had resigned. Mrs. Kate Lewis Arnold, the last of the charter members, died March 6, 1972.
From the beginning, members have promoted patriotism and patriotic projects, including war work, Red Cross aid, education, observances of historic days, historic preservation, and naturalization ceremonies. More recently, the chapter has focused on service to veterans by attending Veteran’s Day parades, volunteering at and supplying canned goods to Heroes Pantry, a local charity for veterans, as well as attending a service for a World War II U.S. Navy enlisted man lost in the attack on Pearl Harbor. His remains were recently identified and returned for burial Nov. 21, 2020.
Texarkana Chapter today is a vibrant group of young and young at heart, consisting of five sensational 50-year members and also members who recently voted for the first time. Monthly meetings are normally held on the 1st Thursday of the month (although there are exceptions) from September – May. We also conduct meetings using Zoom.
Texarkana is a bi-state city, straddling the state line between Texas and Arkansas. It is believed that a railroad surveyor came up with the idea for the name. Obviously, the Texas and Arkansas part was easy since the site was on the line between the two states. Louisiana was added because, at the time, it was thought the state line was just a few miles away, although, in reality, the Louisiana state line is about 30 miles away.
Any woman, eighteen years of age who can prove lineal, bloodline descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American Independence is eligible for membership. She must provide documentation for each statement of birth, marriage and death. The Chapter Registrar will gladly assist any applicant in researching and confirming her eligibility.
Texarkana Chapter, NSDAR Projects include: American Flag placement, Wreath’s Across America, Heroes Pantry, and the Veterans Shoebox Project
From the beginning, Texarkana Chapter, NSDAR members have promoted patriotism and patriotic projects.