The Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Texas, a patriotic and historical organization, was chartered on May 26, 1956. To be eligible to join, members must be descended from someone who took part in one of the American colonial wars. The initial membership of fifty-four declined by three during the society's first decade, but since the early 1970s the membership has grown steadily. In 1973 the registrar of the organization completed microfilming its first 100 members' applications, copies of which were distributed to public libraries around the state. Among the society's activities has been the establishment of a student fund for the Alabama-Coushatta Indians and financial support for the expansion of colonial history resources in Texas. The society holds its annual court and council meetings on the last Saturday in October in various major cities of the state. All of the original membership applications and other records of the society are stored in the genealogy section of the Dallas Public Library.