Barbara Stokes will be the guest speaker at the April 1 meeting of the Rio Grande Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Stokes’ topic will be The History of the Rio Grande Valley. The meeting will be held at the McAllen Country Club at 11 a.m. A seated luncheon will be served for $18.50 and reservations must be made by March 29 by calling Billye Jenkins at 686-8182.

A native of Wichita Falls, Stokes has spent more than 35 years in public relations, communications and public history. Since 2006, she has been the senior curator of archives, collections and programs at the Museum of South Texas History in Edinburg, Texas, managing one of the largest repositories of historical documents, photographs, maps and newspapers in South Texas.

Stokes has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Houston. After 30 years in Houston she moved to South Carolina to a graduate degree at the University of South Carolina in public history in 2003.

The Museum of South Texas History is currently celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 1910 Hidalgo County Jail with a new special exhibit “Behind These Walls.” This is also the 40th anniversary of the opening of the museum in the old Hidalgo County Jail.

Daughters of the American Revolution is an organization of women who are able to prove they are lineally descended from the Revolutionary War Patriots who helped achieve American independence. For more information on how the Rio Grande Chapter can help you to become a member call Carolyn Weekly at 686-6354 or Cheyanne Zink at 956-565-6325.