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2003 Palmer/Parmer Reunion

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Special guest speaker at the 2003 reunion - Sam Houston IV

Dear Palmer/Parmer Cousins,

 

            This page will include information from the most recent Palmer/Parmer Family Reunion.  The 2003 Reunion was a huge success.  The Reunion is held every two years at a different location.  The 2003 Palmer/Parmer Family Reunion was held at Washington-on-the-Brazos, the birthplace of Texas.  This site was chosen because our ancestor, Martin Parmer, signed the Texas Declaration of Independence there in March 1836.

            The 2003 Palmer/Parmer Family Reunion began at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 29, 2003 in the Convention Center at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historical Park.  Hotel accommodations were in nereby Navasota, Texas.

 

Below is the Agenda for the 2003 Reunion:

 

March 28, 2:00 p.m. - Check in begins at Best Western Inn in Navasota, Texas for those arriving on Friday.  (See Hotel information above)

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March 29, 9:00 a.m. - Reunion begins in Convention Center at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historical Park (See Directions to Washington-on-the-Brazos included in this letter or call 936-878-2214).  Special guest speaker will be Sam Houston IV.

March 29, 11:30 a.m. - Texs BBQ of Brenham, Texas, will cater Lunch in Convention Center.  The cost for Adults is $7.00 and $3.50 for Children under 12.  Lunch tickets available at the door.

March 29, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - There will be tours of Independence Hall, the Star of the Republic Museum and Barrington Farm.  See Tour Information below.  For those wishing to use this time to discuss family history and genealogy, the Convention Center will remain open.  Be sure to bring your genealogy charts, photos, and family histories to share with everyone.

 

March 29, 4:00 - Reunion to gather again in the Convention Center to discuss 2005 reunion plans.

 

March 29, 4:30 - Reunion Concludes.

 

 

Please consider a donation to the 2005 Reunion funds!!!

 

 

Tour Information

 

On the day of the reunion, Saturday March 29, 2003, between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., many of you may wish to visit one or more of the excellent sights that Washington-on-the-Brazos has to offer visitors.  Below are descriptions of all the sights, tours, times and ticket prices.

 

Visitor Center:

 

The Visitor Center is an excellent place to begin a tour of the park.  This location provides restrooms, a gift shop, a comprehensive display explaining the various park sites and their historical significance, as well as the opportunity to buy tickets to any and all of the park's three sites!  The Visitor Center is open daily 9:00 a.m.- 5:00p.m.

 

The Visitor Center is Free.

 

Independence Hall and Washington Town site Tour:

 

Tours leave from the front doors of the Visitor Center and progress past the amphitheater continuing to the Brazos River Overlook, Ferry Street, and ending at the Independence Hall replica building.  The Independence Hall Replica building is located in the exact spot where Martin Parmer signed the Texas Declaration of Independence.  This is also the location where Martin Parmer served as Chairman of the Committee that drafted the Constitution of the Republic of Texas.

 

Tour times for the Independence Hall and Town site tours will be 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.  The cost of the tour is $4.00 for adults and $2.00 for students.  Children 6 and under are free.

 

Star of the Republic Museum:

 

Public tours of the museum are self-guided and last approximately one hour.  Opened on Texas Independence Day, March 2, 1970, the Star of the Republic Museum preserves the history of the Republic of Texas.

 

A special treat awaits the descendants of Martin Parmer in the Star of the Republic Museum.  Martin Parmer's cane is on display next to the famous painting of the Signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence.  Martin Parmer's cane was donated to the Star of the Republic Museum by our own Frank A. Palmer of Merlin, Oregon in 2000.

 

Special Parmer Exhibit - On March 14, 2003, Anne McGaugh with the Star of The Republic Museum at Washington-on the-Brazos advised us that the Museum's Curator, Shawn Carlson, has put up a special display on Martin Parmer in the Discovery Center of The Star of the Republic Museum.  The display features the documents from the collection, which were signed by Martin Parmer.  Dont miss this opportunity to see these documents.

 

The museum opens daily from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.  Tickets are $2.00 for adults and $1.00 for students.  Children 6 and under are free.

 

Barrington Living History Farm:

 

The home of Dr. Anson Jones, which he called Barrington, has been completely restored as a functioning Republic of Texas farm with main house, slave quarters, and smoke houses, barn, animals, split rail fences and more.  Barrington farm allows the visitor to step back in time 155 years and see a farm as it would have appeared in the period Texas was an independent country between 1836 and 1846.  Dr. Anson Jones was the last President of the Republic of Texas.

 

Public tours of the farm are self-guided and last approximately one hour.  The farm is open on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.  Tickets are $4.00 for adults and $2.00 for students.  Children 6 and under are free.

 

 

Combination Tickets:

 

Includes Independence Hall, Barrington Farm and the Star of the Republic Museum. 

 

Adult Combo: $7.00

Student Combo: $3.00

Family Combo: $17.00 - Includes 2 adults and up to 5 students

Family History and Genealogy

 

For those wishing to use this time, 1:00 pm. to 4:00 p.m., to discuss family history and genealogy, the Convention Center will remain open.  Be sure and bring your genealogy charts, photos and family histories to share with everyone.

 

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Martin Parmer's Cane in the Star of the Republic Museum
Donated by Frank Palmer

Special Parmer Exhibit

 

During the entire month of March, 2003, the Star of the Republic Museum at Washignton-on-the-Brazos featured a wonderful display about Martin Parmer and his many contributions to the history of Texas. Anne McGaugh with the Star of The Republic Museum at Washington-on the-Brazos advised us that the Museum's Curator, Shawn Carlson,  put up the special display on Martin Parmer in the Discovery Center of The Star of the Republic Museum.  The display featured the documents from the collection, which were signed by Martin Parmer.  These documents included scrip issued by Martin Parmer as "Agent for Texas" when he helped supply the Texas Army with ammunition, horses, rifles, etc. prior to the Battle of San Jaacinto in March and April of 1836.  The display also described in detail Martin Parmer's role in the Independence Convention, his signing of the Declaration of Independence and his role as Chairman of the Committee which drafted the Constitution of the Republic of Texas.
 
If that were not enough,  Martin Parmer was featured on the cover of the Star of the Republic Museum's quarterly newsletter immediately following the March 2003 Reunion.  We cannot thank the Star of the Republic Museum and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department staff at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park enough.  Thank you all again for helping us make the 2003 Palmer/Parmer Family Reunion such a huge success!

2003 Reunion Was a Huge Success - More Than 115 in Attendance

                                               

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Martin Parmer: 

"The Ring Tailed Panther"

Signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence &

Chairman of the Committee that Drafted the Constitution of the

Republic of Texas

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Jeannette Palmer Johnson

Reunion Co-Chairman

566 Sportsman Drive

Trinity, Texas 75862

jenet@wt.net

 

See the Reunion Web Page at:

http://martinparmer.tripod.com

 

Be Sure and Bring All Your Children and Grandchildren to the Reunion!!

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2003 Reunion Chairman Kameron Searle Welcomes Palmer and Parmer Cousins

 
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Dr. H. Taylor Pendley
213 Toler Drive
Mesquite, Texas 75149-5864

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