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AC030_BEAUMONT_SYMPHONY_LEAGUE_SCRAPBOOKSDescriptive Sheet Beaumont Symphony League AC -030 Scrapbooks Listed General Type: Papers Physical Description: Scrapbooks/ 14 volumes, 1 folder Inclusive Dates: 1950-2001 Donor: Unknown DESCRIPTION The Beaumont Symphony Society formed in 1950, following several visits to the city by the Houston and Dallas symphony orchestras. Under the leadership of Veazy Rainwater and Gladys Harned—Quilliam, the Society sponsored numerous guest performances by out of town symphonies, a program that sparked interest in the formation of Beaumont's own symphony. The Beaumont Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Jay Dietzer, held its first performance on May 12, 1953 The Beaumont Women's Symphony League officially formed in 1955, consisting of members of the Symphony Society and the Chamber of Commerce. The League originally assisted the Symphony with ticket sales but quickly moved to organizing major fund raising drives. Today, the League sponsors the Viennese Ball and Debutante program, and the Symphony of Trees, both very successful fund raising drives. This collection contains scrapbooks from the Beaumont Symphony Society and the Women's League. Scrapbooks 1-4 represent the early years of the Society and its formation. The remainder of the collection focuses on the Beaumont Women's Symphony League, its formation and fund raising activities. The scrapbooks are arranged in chronological order and contain newspaper clippings, photographs, program guides, correspondence, and newsletters. No restrictions apply