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The George G. and Alva Hudson Smith Foundation has generously provided the funding for this website. Their Mission Statement is as follows:

The purpose of the George G. and Alva Hudson Smith Foundation is to enrich the lives of citizens of Hill County, Texas. The Foundation focuses on, but is not limited to, programs that benefit the health, education, and welfare of the underprivileged and seeks to support programs that address basic human needs in a caring and efficient manner. The Foundation invites bequests and contributions from individuals and organizations that share its objectives.


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This project was produced by the Fort Graham Chapter of the Texas Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

The National DAR, founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women's service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America's future through better education for children. The motto of the organization is service to God, Home and Country.

The Fort Graham Chapter was organized in 2008. Since then, the members have accomplished the following:

  • Obtained Historic Texas Cemetery designations for three cemeteries (two in Hill County)
  • Obtained a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark designation and marker for the Carver Homestead
  • Obtained a National DAR Historic Recognition Award for the three founding directors of the Cell Block Museum
  • Obtained a DAR "Women in History" award for Hill County historian Cleo Davis
  • Founding Mothers troupe
      Founding Mothers troupe
  • Established the Founding Mothers [video] troupe of historic re-enactors that performs for students and adults in civic and service organizations, primarily in Hill County
  • Entered historic / patriotic-based floats in Whitney’s Pioneer Day festivals, for which their Betsy Ross Float won the 2012 1st-place trophy
  • Sponsors the DAR Good Citizen Award and Essay Contest in the ten high schools of Hill County and grants $1200 annually in scholarships to Hill County students.
  • Active in Project Patriot, which supports America’s service personnel in current conflicts abroad
  • Co-sponsor with Whitney Elementary School of a card-writing program for Veterans
  • Established a flag rescue program to repair and replace damaged American flags flying in Hill County

The Fort Graham Chapter, a part of both the National Society DAR and the Texas Society DAR, welcomes questions on any of their projects or inquiries regarding membership. For more information, see their Facebook page or contact them by email.


Many people have contributed their time and knowledge to make this website a success. Below is a list of some of these people and the organizations they represent.

Denise Carter
Cheryl Comer
Gary Comer
Linda Dillard
Karen Doskocil
Robert Duncan
Sandee Farmer
Paulette Fulton
Cortney Haney
Charlotte Heald
Joyce Hollingsworth
Susan Johnston
Russell Keelin
Madeleine Lively
Will Lowrance
Judie McClure
Emmet McMahan
Mary McMahan
Oliver McMahan
Henry Moore
Joyce Reid
Rosa Santos
Mary Ann Schneider
Cathy Shook
Anita Tufts
Enid Waldrop
Karon Worley

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  Hillsboro City Library
Cell Block Museum
Hill County Historical Commission
Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce
Hillsboro City Library
Hillsboro Community Development
Hillsboro Historic Preservation Commission
Hillsboro ISD History Department
Hillsboro Main Street Program
Historic Hubbard Museum
Itasca Railroad Depot Museum
Lake Whitney Chamber of Commerce
Lake Whitney Public Library
Landscapes Magazine, Winter 1999
"Perfessor" Bill Edwards
Texas Heritage Museum
Texas Land Bank
Whitney Area Museum

For questions regarding this website,
send an email to the Fort Graham Chapter of the Texas DAR.

True Texas Tales of the People, Places, and Events of Hill County, Texas