"SRT gives Bay City a national headquarters" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Sons of the Republic of Texas national headquarters has been in Bay City since 1994. Shown with an early Texas Republic map are, from left, Melinda Williams, Bobby Wilkinson and Janet Knox. Wilkinson is a past officer of SRT, while Williams was executive secretary from 1994 to 2001 and Knox holds that position today.

  Few people realize that the headquarters of a national organization – with an estimated 4,000 members worldwide – is located in Bay City.
   The Sons of the Republic of Texas (SRT) national office has been in Bay City since 1994.
   “This is the only national or world organization located in Bay City as far as I know,” said Bobby Wilkinson, a member and past president.
   There was quite the celebration when the SRT office opened at 1717 8th St., where it remains today.
   The organization’s annual convention was held in Bay City the year before, in 1993, and a chamber ribbon cutting marked the office opening in 1994.
   There was a little glitch during that ceremony, however, because one of SRT top officials announced the office as the “new temporary headquarters.”
   It caught some SRT members by surprise, particularly since the SRT office was to be in Matagorda County - one of the first counties in the new Republic of Texas that was formed in 1836 in the wake of the Texians victory at San Jacinto.

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