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20th Anniversary Speech
Text of speech given by William Sinkin at the 20th anniversary luncheon of HemisFair '68.
El Abrazo Aug. 1966
Issue of El Abrazo journal devoted to HemisFair '68. The issue cover depicts sailing ships on a blue ocean relating to David Bowen's work in the planning for the 1968 World’s Fair and especially the Youth Pavilion. HemisFair ’68, was held from April to October 1968 in San Antonio.
El Abrazo Sept/Oct/Nov 1967
El Abrazo journal issue devoted to HemisFair '68. The cover relates to David Bowen's work in the planning for the 1968 World’s Fair and especially the Youth Pavilion. HemisFair ’68, was held from April to October 1968 in San Antonio.
The Bru-it
March-April 1968 issue of the magazine of the Lone Star Brewing Company. Most of the issue is devoted to HemisFair '68, with historical information, and information about facilities, attractions, exhibits, and participants. There are many illustrations of the fair.
Building : Tynan House
Several pages of information about the Tynan House, which was one of the historic houses on the HemisFair '68 site. It was built in the 1860s and located at 117 Goliad Street. Included in this 4 page set is a drawing of the front of the house, and a map showing its location on the HemisFair site.
Cover letter on HemisFair '68 meeting
Letter to accompany the transcript of a meeting held August 24, 1965 about HemisFair '68. The letter, from Jim Glass, is addressed to one of the fellow meeting attendees, Mr. Allison Peery. Mr. Peery was one of the site planning architects for HemisFair. The letter is written on "Culberson, Slaughter, Glass & DuBose, inc." letterhead.
Fair of the Americas Fact Sheet
Fact sheet for the Fair of the Americas.
General Electric Company's Theaterama press release
Text is The General Electric Company's press release describing the Theaterama experience at the 1968 World’s Fair known as HemisFair ’68, held from April to October 1968 in San Antonio entitled "The Wonderful World of Progress." The Circular theater used a variety of audio visual techniques, including live-to-film, film-to-live, “op art,” “blue mat” and magic effects as well as music and lyrics. Featured was a mythical Genie of the Southwest, who spoke and interacted with the onstage hostess-housewife. The release details the writers of the show, its musical score, the 16 hostesses, the "genie" portrayed by television performer Bill McCutcheon and many of the special effects used. The release goes on to include the seating capacity of 16,100 persons and the length of the show, 20 minutes. The release also describes the performance as well as its objective at HemisFair ’68.
HemisFair '68: 1968 World's Fair/April 6-October 6 news
A news release from the Public Relations Department of HemisFair '68. It highlights the Goliad Food Plaza, one of the food clusters at HemisFair '68, and lists a couple of food items available there.
HemisFair '68: 1968 World's Fair/April 6-October 6 news
A news release from the Public Relations Department of HemisFair '68. It highlights the lagoon cruise boats and the Mini-Monorail as on-grounds transportation at HemisFair '68.
HemisFair '68: 1968 World's Fair/April 6-October 6 news
A news release from the Public Relations Department of HemisFair '68. It highlights some of the main buildings that have been constructed for the fair, including the Tower of the Americas, the Arena, Theatre for the Performing Arts, and Convention Hall.
HemisFair '68: 1968 World's Fair/April 6-October 6 news
A news release from the Public Relations Department of HemisFair '68. It highlights how HemisFair '68 represents an urban renaissance for San Antonio, with the construction of the Tower of the Americas and other satellite buildings.
HemisFair '68 souvenir booklet
Souvenir booklet for HemisFair'68. The text is printed in both English and Spanish. The colorful cover illustration shows smiling characters representing many different nations dressed in national costumes. More than 20 countries participated in HemisFair '68. The booklet is colorfully illustrated with views of the many attractions the world's fair has to offer visitors.
HemisFair '68 - The San Antonio's World Fair
A brief history of the World's Fair by Marshall T. Steves. The speech must have been given several years before HemisFair '68 opened as most of his comments refer to designs and planning for the fair. Marshall Steves was president of HemisFair '68.
HemisFair $200 Million Dollar Dream
Typed document by William Sinkin, President of San Antonio Fair, Inc. about San Antonio hosting a world's fair in 1968, called HemisFair. The document summarizes the administrative and financial work accomplished to date and outlines the road ahead for financial, local and state government support in order for the fair to become a reality.
Hemisfair $200 Million Dollar Dream
Typed document by William Sinkin, President of San Antonio Fair, Inc. about San Antonio hosting a world's fair in 1968, called HemisFair. The document summarizes the administrative and financial work accomplished to date and outlines the road ahead for financial, local and state government support in order for the fair to become a reality.
HemisFair -- 1978
Speech commemorating the 10th anniversary of HemisFair '68.
HemisFair Luncheon, 1988
Speech given at HemisFair Luncheon commemorating the 20th anniversary of HemisFair '68.
HemisFair's 25th Anniversary Celebration
Statement release: City Marks HemisFair's 25th Anniversary with Citywide Celebration
The Legacy of HemisFair Fact Sheet -- 25th Anniversary
The Legacy of HemisFair Fact Sheet -- 25th Anniversary
Leon Valley PTA Speaking Engagement
Text of a talk given by William Sinkin to the Leon Valley PTA on February 9th, 1967. The title of the talk was "HemisFair '68: a Progress Report". Mr. Sinkin first gave some general remarks about HemisFair and then talked about HemisFair financing and the economic impact that HemisFair '68 would have on San Antonio.
Major purposes of the Hemis-Fair : speech by William Sinkin.
Text of a speech given by William Sinkin who served as President of the Board of Directors of San Antonio Fair, Inc. from April 1963 to November 1964. He outlines the major purposes of HemisFair '68 in five points: how it will benefit San Antonio, build community leadership, promote ties between San Antonio and Latin America, economic advantages for staging the fair, and leaving a heritage of permanent facilities and institutions for San Antonio.
Minutes of initial meeting of interested citizens pertinent to the "Fair of the America's"
Minutes taken by John A Daniels, of a meeting held Feb. 15th, 1962, at the Granada Hotel of civic leaders to discuss the idea of hosting a "Fair of the America's" in San Antonio, Texas. Those present expressed enthusiasm for the idea. At this meeting is was agreed that an executive committee be formed to investigate the feasibility of staging such a fair.
News release : Governor and Mrs. Connally to visit Latin America.
News release announcing Governor and Mrs. John Connally's three-weeks visit to Latin American countries in July/August 1966 on behalf of HemisFair '68. He will invite countries to participate in the fair. Prior to his departure he will be honored at a reception in Washington, D.C. for his role as Commissioner General of the fair. The news release also mentions countries and corporations who have already signed up to participate in HemisFair '68.
Notes on Summary and Conclusions
Collection of correspondence, reports, and summaries from 1963 of cost estimates for land acquisition, construction, public relations, and miscellaneous other expenses associated with staging a World's Fair in San Antonio, Texas.
Official souvenir HemisFair 1968 map
HemisFair souvenir map booklet with pictorial maps of buildings and attractions that make up the fair site. Included is a cut-out model of the Tower of the Americas with instructions on how to make it.
Press release given to the Washington press during Gov. Connally's visit, July 13, 1966.
One page press release about HemisFair '68. It details how many visitors are expected, what the theme of the fair is, how it has been endorsed by the Bureau of International Expositions, and the affect it is having on the host city, San Antonio in terms of urban renewal and change.
Proposed tower = Torre en proyecto
Description of the Tower of the Americas concept drawing by O'Neil Ford. Description is in English and Spanish, and contains short information about the architect, cost, height, elevators, capacity, and tower facilities.
Publicity release for Les Poupées de Paris
A publicity release from Bill Doll and Company of New York, N.Y. to accompany the photograph of the celebrity puppet of Liberace from Sid and Marty Krofft's Les Poupées de Paris show. The release mentions the names of other celebrity puppets in the show, which was part of the entertainment at the New York World's Fair.
Remarks, Executive Committee Meeting
Remarks made by H.B. Zachry, chairman of the board of San Antonio Fair, Inc. just before the closing of HemisFair '68. His remarks focus on financial aspects of the fair, in a 'setting the record straight' manner. He emphasises that all San Antonio Fair Inc. bills will be paid and that there would be no costs to taxpayers. He also talks about the income and jobs generated by the fair for the city of San Antonio and future benefits to the city resulting from having hosted the fair.
Report on Activities of HemisFair Promotion Committee
A report that describes the activities of the HemisFair Promotion Committee in May 1968 for generating publicity about HemisFair '68. The report emphasises the need for a formal publicity department and the various channels for generating publicity, including promotional tours to other cities, billboards, radio, special day events, and working with schools to promote the fair.
Report to Hemisfair Re-Use Committee
A report outlining proposals for what to do with the HemisFair '68 site in San Antonio after the fair closes. The author emphasises that the focus should just not be on the HemisFair site, but also include the downtown area, and that the site re-use should capitalize on the cultural and educational heritage of the city. One of the chief proposals in the report is to use part of the fair site to establish a four-year state college.
Report to the Board of Directors of San Antonio Fair, Inc.
Report of the members of the Executive Committee to the Board of Directors of the San Antonio Fair, Inc.
Santa Clara house
A booklet with information about a historic house located at 426 Santa Clara, which was on the HemisFair '68 site. It was built in 1891 by George Heinrich. Included are illustrations of the house from different directions, a floor plan, maps showing its location on the HemisFair site and a cost estimate for land, restoration of the house, moving of the house, and land features.
Souvenir book of HemisFair '68
The souvenir book for HemisFair '68. The contents includes information about the countries participating, corporate and industrial exhibits, amusements, and food. The Tower of the Americas dominates the cover illustration.
Speech by William Sinkin about HemisFair '68
Draft of a promotional speech by William Sinkin, the first president of the Executive Board of San Antonio Fair, Inc., about HemisFair '68. He describes progress made in planning for the fair and some of the benefits that would result, including cultural, and educational. There are numerous hand-written annotations and revisions to the typed text.
Surveyor report for 142 Goliad Street
A one page surveyor report for the multi-story residence at 142 Goliad Street, also known as Joske House. The report was undertaken by Reyes, Garcia. The building's exterior and interior, garages, and outbuildings are rated. In most case a "good" or "fair" rating has been given to building parts or features surveyed.
Theme Structure of HemisFair '68
Text of a speech concerning the "Theme Structure for HemisFair '68"
Transcript of meeting on HemisFair '68
Transcript of a meeting held August 24, 1965 with Allison Peery, Richard Wilson, and Jim Glass. The meeting discussed the HemisFair project, why it was proposed, how it would be financed, the space planning, what facilities and attractions would be offered, as well as what the fair symbols should be. The transcript is typed, with annotations in hand, on "Culberson, Slaughter, Glass & DuBose, inc." corporate letterhead.
Two of HemisFair's high altitude attractions
Information item about the Tower of the Americas and the Swiss Skyride. The Tower is 622 feet tall and features two observation decks and a revolving restaurant. Glass fronted elevators carry visitors from the base to the top in 43 second. Riders in the Skyride can enjoy panoramic views of the fair site from 80 feet above the ground.
"Your HemisFair - 1968"
Summary of answers to frequently asked questions about HemisFair '68.