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Approximately 1,500 descendants from 24 states and
Japan, representing 50 of the 60 signers' families, came
for the Washington-on-the-Brazos event. Martin Par-
mer's family had the most descendants present (205),
followed by the Taylors (136), Ruizes (119), Blounts
(96), Stapps (83), and Grimes (83). Herbert Simms
Kimble, the Secretary of the Convention and 60th
signer of the Declaration, also had two family mem-
bers present. Two of the descendants attending the
2011 event had also been present at the 1936 Centen-
nial celebration, one as a young woman, and the other
as a six-month old baby.
THE NEXT STEP
The Adopt-a-Signer Project has now transitioned to
the next phase. The response from descendants to this
project was so great that the Museum has established an
official registry for those who are appropriately docu-
mented. The registry, which requires an application for
eligibility, is geared toward refining and verifying the
research that was done during the past year. The infor-
mation compiled will be protected and maintained in
perpetuity by the Star of the Republic Museum. Those
approved will receive a certificate and medallion, both
displaying a logo designed especially for descendants of
the signers: a Texas star emblazoned with a quill pen.
This registry, and the people whose names it secures,
preserves the memory of the men who changed the
course of Texas' history in 1836. *
Shawn Carlson is the curator of collections and exhibits at
the Star of the Republic Museum in Washington, Texas.
Editor's Note: The Texas Historical Foundation helped
fund this project, in part, with a grant given in 2010.
Dixon, Sam Houston. The Men Who Made Texas Free.
The Signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence-
Sketches of Their Lives and Patriotic Services to the Re-
public and State With a Facsimilie of the Declaration of
Independence. Houston: Texas Historical Publishing
TEXAS HERITAGE 13
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