During 1936, in a state deep within the waves of the Great Depression, Texas held a statewide celebration that marked 100 years of Texas independence. The celebration culminated in the $25 million Central Exposition in Dallas.
Lucille Robinson’s Texas Centennial scrapbook gives a poignant glimpse into the lives of two young friends enthralled with the celebration. The letters carefully pasted into the scrapbook reveal a close friendship between Robinson and Lavonia Rorie, a student at SMU, that began with a mutual love of the Globe Theatre at the Texas Centennial.
The scrapbook is one of many in the Mary McCord/Edyth Renshaw Collection on the Performing Arts, housed in SMU’s Bywaters Special Collections. (Right, a Texas Centennial greeting card sent by Lavonia Rorie, from Lucille Robinson’s scrapbook.)