ARLINGTON - "What You Wish the World Could Be: The Early Years of Six Flags Over Texas,” the UT Arlington Library exhibit about the first 25 years of the celebrated theme park, has been extended through summer.
Courtesy University of Texas at Arlington Library Special Collections
The UT Arlington Library announced this week that the popular Special Collections exhibit will remain in place through Aug. 13. It was originally scheduled to end in May.
exhibit has attracted more viewers and publicity than any exhibit we have
mounted for the past several years,” said Gerald Saxon, dean of UT Arlington
libraries. “It seems many people in and around Arlington have either worked at
Six Flags, gone to Six Flags as young people or have taken their families to
Six Flags as adults.”
collection includes personal memorabilia from former park employees, an
original Spee-Lunker in an Abraham Lincoln costume, a carousel horse from the Silver
Star, and memory walls where visitors can share recollections.
year, the Library had 260 visitors during March and April. This year, it had
835, said Lea Worcester, the Special Collections public services librarian.
is 575 more visitors and I believe most, if not all, were here to see the
exhibit,” she said. “I am amazed at their enthusiasm.”
Barker, UT Arlington information literary librarian, said the excitement over the
exhibit has also led to a photo caption contest on the Library’s Facebook page. Through May, random photos from the Six Flags
exhibit will be posted. People who come up with fun captions have a chance to
win a library book, of their choosing, dedicated to them.
You Wish the World Could Be: The Early Years of Six Flags Over Texas,” is
sponsored in part by Six Flags Over Texas. It includes photos from the historic
collections of the Fort Worth
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exhibit is free and open to the public. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and 9
a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Learn more at the Special Collections website.
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