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AC098_NECHES_RIVER_FESTIVAL_SCRAPBOOKSDescriptive Sheet The Neches River Festival Scrapbooks AC -098 General Type: Papers Physical Description: Scrapbooks, 35 volumes Inclusive Dates: 1999 -Present Donor: Neches River Festival, Connie Flatten 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 DeBusri, 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." On May 28, 1949, The Neches River Festival made its first debut; this spring festival commemorated its forty-third annual event in April, 1991, and has successfully promoted the city's heritage and area future with the theme of "Beaumont's Annual Good Will Event of the Year". This collection contains 35 volumes of The Neches River Festival Scrapbooks. Each year, the festival organization produced a special scrapbook commemorating the individuals involved in the production of the Neches River Festival. The authors of each scrapbook took great care in producing beautifully engraved or embroidered volumes illustrative of this fine event. The researcher will find a rich collection of photographs of Festival officers, committee members and participants. Earlier scrapbooks also contain some newspaper clippings describing Festival activities. The scrapbooks are arranged chronologically and include the following years: 1950-1959, 1960-1969, 1970-1979 (missing 1975 and 1976), and 1980-1988 (missing 1983 and 1984). See also Neches River Festival Programs (AC -048). No restrictions apply.