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AC048_NECHES_RIVER_FESTIVAL_PROGRAMSTYRRELL HISTORICAL LIBRARY AC -048 Neches River Festival Programs Dates: 1949-1996 Description The Neches River Festival was conceived on May 3, 1947, when Mr. Caldwell McFaddin, President of Beaumont's Chamber of Commerce and Mr. Clarence DeBush, Executive Vice President and Secretary, discussed plans for the betterment of Beaumont and the Chamber of Commerce. On May 28, 1949, a charter was obtained from the State of Texas for a nonprofit organization named The Neches River Festival, Inc." This spring festival has successfully promoted the city's heritage with the theme of Beaumont's annual good will event of the year. SCOPE AND CONTENTS This collection was processed in original order. It contains five boxes of Neches River Festival Programs in chronological order in the conclusive years 1949 to the present. No restrictions apply. Processed by Joe Walker, May 1996. ITEM INVENTORY Box 1: Programs 1949-1971 Box 2: Programs 1972-1996 (present) Box 3: Newspaper clipping, 6 black & white photographs ca. 1954-55, and duplicate program books Box 4: Duplicate program books Box 5: Duplicate program books