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Site of the Organization of Lady Washington Chapter, NSDAR

 
 
Site of the Organization of Lady Washington Chapter, NSDAR Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Anderson, April 20, 2018
1. Site of the Organization of Lady Washington Chapter, NSDAR Marker
Inscription. The Lady Washington Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) was organized on November 14, 1899, when 10 of the original 17 organizing members met in the western parlor of the Capitol Hotel (later known as the Rice Hotel) that occupied this site 1882-1911. The chapter was named in honor of Martha Dandridge Custis Washington, wife of George Washington. The chapter was the first established in Houston and the fifth in Texas. The first social function hosted by the chapter was a patriotic reception held in the western parlor of the Capitol Hotel on February 21, 1900.

The Lady Washington Chapter founding officers were Regent Ella Hutchins Sydnor, Vice-Regent Lelia L. Crane, Recording Secretary Mary Botts Fitzgerald, Corresponding Secretary Margaret Hadley Foster, Registrar Bettie Palmer Hutcheson, Treasurer Bettie Heath Stuart, and Historian Julia Hadley Franklin. These founding members organized and served on many of the social, patriotic, environmental, and educational organizations that helped form today’s Houston and Harris county, including the City Federation of Women’s Clubs, the Houston Public School Art League, and the Board of the Houston Lyceum and Carnegie Library.

The NSDAR was founded in 1890 to promote patriotism, preserve American history, and secure America’s future through

Rice Hotel Building image. Click for full size.
By Brian Anderson, April 20, 2018
2. Rice Hotel Building
better education for children. Membership is open to women who descend from a man or woman who served as a sailor, soldier or civil officer, or was a recognized patriot who rendered material aid to the revolution.
 
Erected 2009 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 15955.)
 
Location. 29° 45.62′ N, 95° 21.774′ W. Marker is in Houston, Texas, in Harris County. Marker is on Texas Avenue, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located on the front of the Rice Hotel building, to the right of the main entrance. Marker is at or near this postal address: 909 Texas Avenue, Houston TX 77002, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of Capitol of the Republic of Texas (here, next to this marker); Christ Church Cathedral (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); First White House of the Republic of Texas (about 600 feet away); Auditorium Hotel (approx. 0.2 miles away); Houston Bar Association (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sweeney, Coombs & Fredericks Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Market Square (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hogg Building (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Houston.
 
Categories. Fraternal or Sororal OrganizationsWomen
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 25, 2018. This page originally submitted on April 25, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. This page has been viewed 329 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 25, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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