September 8, 2016 - December 16, 2016
In 2016, The State Fair of Texas celebrated its 130th anniversary, and the DeGolyer Library joined 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.