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50th Anniversary of 1968 World's Fair - HemisFair 68

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Hello Everyone:

     Been a while since I've last been here and so much has happened here in San Antonio and the former site of the 1968 World's Fair - HemisFair '68.

     Today is the 50th anniversary of opening day am excited and honored to be part of this weekend's three day celebration. Here is a basic breakdown of this weekend's events:

     - UTSA's Institute of Texan Cultures (built as the State of Texas Pavilion for HemisFair) will be having an official event at 5p today to celebrate the history of HemisFair with the opening of two new walkthrough exhibits: "VIVA HEMISAFAIR" a retrospective history about the Fair and "VIVA ITC" which is related to the Texas Pavilion and its post-fair mission as a cultural museum. They are also premiering a new dome show also on the history of HemisFair '68 as part of the anniversary. I have a few items from my collection on loan for the exhibit and also did an oral history recording for their archives on my HemisFair '68 project which is now entering its 12th year.

     The ITC will also be hosting two additional events: a 1960's retrospective fashion show on Saturday and an HemisFair '68 Alumni Luncheon on Sunday.

     - On the opposite end of the former Fair site, the Hemisfair Park Redevelopment Corporation (HPARC) is completing preparations for a two day event filled weekend. For Saturday there will be various food vendors & entertainment on site representing the many cultures which participated in HemisFair '68. About a year ago I began working with HPARC on ideas for some historical exhibits for this weekend, the end result are five different exhibits about the Fair to be housed in five of the homes on the site which pre-date the Fair itself.  We have titled the exhibits: "The neighborhood before the Fair", "Opening Day", "Beyond the Gates - 1968", The Pavilions of HemisFair '68" and "Fun & Fair". As part of the two day event we will be having docents in each of the houses to answer questions about the house or the exhibit and on Sunday we have also set-up a series of guided historic homes tours to share the story of these homes: before the Fair, during the Fair and beyond.

     - The Tower of the Americas will be hosting a vintage car show on Saturday and I think maybe reduced admission as well.

     - One of the entertainment groups who will be here for Saturday is URBAN 15, who's founder was an employee at the Youth Pavilion at HemisFair '68.


Christopher Medina



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