Museum honors heritage of country and state

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Members of the Robert Lawrence Chapter of the Colonial Dames of the Seventeenth Century participated in the allocation of Stephen F. Austin’s birthday at the Madison County Museum on Friday morning.

The members in attendance and pictured are all direct descendants of colonial Americans dating back as far as the 1600s. Most of the members claimed their ancestors came to the southern states of the original colonies, such as Virginia. However, one member could trace her lineage back to the northeast in Massachusetts and Connecticut.

The colonial descendants proudly posed with an exhibit presented to the museum by the Robert Lawrence Chapter in recognition of October as Colonial Heritage Month.

Colonial Dames of the Seventeenth Century is a lead organization in recognizing and remembering the contributions made by the men and women who originally settled our nation. They strive to make sure that those who left us a wonderful heritage of history through their sacrifices are never forgotten.

Also in attendance to celebrate the birthday of Stephen F. Austin was the Reverend John Haynie Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. Members of this organization have members with ancestors who were living in Texas prior to 1846.

The Madisonville High School Agricultural Issues team was also in attendance for entertainment purposes. The team presented a lively debate concerning how to handle the problem of feral hogs here in Texas.

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