The Cradle Museum
Daughters of the Republic of Texas
The Courtyard

Building a Legacy One Brick at a Time

 The Cradle Committee, Daughters of the Republic of Texas, is proud to announce the creation of a courtyard at the Cradle, birthplace of the DRT.

The tiny Victorian building was originally the law library of William Pitt Ballinger, father of co-founder, Miss Betty Ballinger. Now known as the Cradle, it is cherished by The Daughters as the place where Miss Ballinger and her first cousin, Mrs. Hally Bryan Perry, formulated the idea for their new organization which would become The Daughters of the Republic of Texas, a society for historical preservation in 1891.

The Cradle Committee has been refreshing this historic property to beautify the site both inside and out to increase interest, spread awareness of its historical value, and to make it more accessible to DRT members by expanding the usable area around the building for outdoor events.

Members and others are invited to be part of this wonderful addition to our Cradle by purchasing an engraved brick in memory of your DRT ancestor or a family member, to honor

a special person, recognize your chapter or commemorate a special occasion. Help make the "Court" Yard special!

This site automatically keeps track of our orders. If you choose to pay by check, please contact us as soon as possible to submit your donation.

How to Order:

Just follow the simple step-by-step process below to place your order. Be sure you are happy with your brick design as it will look very similar to the image on your computer when completed.

Payment Options:

Pay online with a major credit card (VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC).
Follow the on-screen directions during checkout.

If you have any questions, please contact
Gwen Lejsal at 713-582-1914 or

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