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Six Flags Over Texas exhibit extended at UT Arlington Library Special Collections

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

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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.

Six Flags over Texas in Arlington

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.

“This 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.”

The 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.

Last year, the Library had 260 visitors during March and April. This year, it had 835, said Lea Worcester, the Special Collections public services librarian.

“This 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.”

Evelyn 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.

“What 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 Star-Telegram and Arlington Citizen-Journal.

The 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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