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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

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Celebrate M. B. Lamar on January 26th
On Monday, January 26, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. in the afternoon, the Sons & Daughters of the Republic of Texas will hold the 5th annual memorial ceremony honoring the 2nd President of the Republic of Texas, Mirabeau Bonaparte Lamar. On this very day, 176 years ago, President Lamar signed an Act reserving three (3) Leagues of land in each county to be used to pay for a public school system in Texas. The event will also celebrate his signing the legislative acts creating the State's Homestead Act (the world's first) and its state flag.

The ceremony will be at the grave of President Mirabeau B. Lamar in the Morton Cemetery, located just north of downtown Richmond, Texas. This is a historic cemetery with Jane Long also buried just to the south of President Lamar’s grave, and the first Masonic Burial Monument located just to the east of President Lamar’s grave. 

The public is welcome to join this celebration.


Eagle Lake, Texas

I wanted to put in a plug for two local museums which have connections to Sugar Land.  They are the Prairie Edge Museum and Eagle Lake Depot Museum in Eagle Lake, Texas.  You may wonder how they are connection to Sugar Land.  Well, the answer is W. T. Eldridge, Sr., who got his start as a business dynamo in Eagle Lake before moving to Sugar Land.  If you pay a visit, you'll learn more about this connection between our two towns.