|Karon and our book table at Shady Oaks Country Club|
|With former student Mary Yamagata|
My contact person was Mary Holland Yamagata, a former student of mine at Panola College. Mary’s father, Dr. V. L. Holland, was a Carthage physician and longtime president of the Panola College Board of Trustees. Dr. and Mrs. Holland were keenly interested in history, and Mary, a brilliant student, inherited their love of history. As chair of the White Gloves Luncheon, Mary explained to Karon that the DAR ladies enjoyed wearing hats as well as gloves to this event, and that the decoration theme would be Texana. As she has at many history events, Karon dressed in a striking Texas outfit, with Lone Star jewelry, white gloves, Texas boots, and a rakish sombrero and hat band.
|Karon and Mary are seated together, sporting|
|President Dede Samuelson|
|With distinguished historian Robert A. Divine|
|Lampasas boasts the biggest spur in Texas.|
|My sister Judy is standing right of center.|
My presentation was about Margaret Houston, along with Sam’s other wives and miscellaneous romances, and the DRT ladies enjoyed Sam Houston’s soap opera. But at the end I reflected to them upon the recent DAR opening ritual, as well as the similar activities earlier in the DRT evening. I pointed out the great number of patriotic rituals I’ve witnessed with various groups during my years as State Historian, and I expressed that it is reassuring to realize how many Texans across the Lone Star State regularly act to reinforce our traditions and history.
|With chapter president Carol Wright and Judy.|
|Old Glory flying proudly above Fort Lancaster's|
old parade ground (the next day).