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20120106_CentennialDuchessDressExhibitThe Mission Historical Museum invites the public to a luncheon celebrating the newly-expanded Citrus Fiesta Exhibit. To be held next Thursday, Jan. 12, at 11:30 a.m. in the Shary Building, 900 Doherty Ave., the luncheon will feature a citrus-themed menu and a program on the Texas Citrus Fiesta product costume show.

Patti Burrow will emcee the luncheon, and Barbara Gerlach and Anne Whitfield will present the style show program. There will be live music, courtesy of the Sharyland High School String Ensemble, and door prizes.

The sit-down meal is $15 for non-members and $12 for members. Call Burrow at 956-580-8646 to buy tickets.

According to Cassandra Karl, MHM executive director, while inventorying the museum collection, the staff realized they were in possession of a number of items which had not been displayed.

As a result, this special exhibit is four times larger than the regular one. There are twice as many dresses and several product costumes which have not displayed previously, including the Mission Centennial dress worn by the one-time Centennial Duchess.

The expansion includes the addition of audio-visual materials, including a parade video from 1971 and a promotional video used to advertise the Fiesta. Parade photos from the first Fiesta to the most recent have been added, along with an array of promotional items, including buttons, T-shirts, hats, a 1939 carnival glass pitcher, the Shoe Box floats from last year, campaign-style buttons, special newspaper editions, posters, bumper stickers, and more.

This exhibit will be on display through the second week of February, and the permanent exhibit will go into a larger room where some of the new items will be left in the regular display.

MHM and the museum annex are located at 900 Doherty and 200 E. Tom Landry. Hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

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