DeGolyer Library

The State Fair of Texas, 1886-2016: Celebrating 130 Years of a Texas Institution

Exhibit Introduction

 State Fair candy apples

Exhibit Dates: September 8, 2016 - December 16, 2016

Exhibit Location: Hillcrest Foundation Exhibit Hall

The State Fair of Texas is celebrating its 130th anniversary, and the DeGolyer Library is joining in the celebration with an exhibition of State Fair photographs by Dallasite Lynn Lennon. In 1984   Lennon began documenting the State Fair of Texas, a photographic project that continued for 10 years. Her slice-of-life photographs captured on film people from all walks of life, livestock, the changing weather, the Midway, traditional and novelty foods, and performers and entertainment of all kinds. In addition to Lennon’s images, several cases of related ephemera include State Fair tokens, badges, pamphlets, brochures, postcards, handkerchiefs and more dating from the 19th into the 20th century from various DeGolyer collections. 

Image Caption: Candy Apples, State Fair of Texas, 1984-1993
From the Lynn Lennon Photographs collection