On April 21, 1836, after bitter defeats at the Alamo and Goliad, the fledgling Army of the Republic of Texas defeated the Mexican
Army at San Jacinto and won independence for the Republic. One hundred years later, in 1936, Texans celebrated their centennial
of freedom with a state-wide, year-long celebration. Almost every community had some sort of event honoring the state but the main
event was the $25,000,000 Texas Centennial Exposition held at Dallas from June through November. This was the first world's fair
ever held below the Mason-Dixon Line.
The Exposition was held on the grounds of the Texas State Fair near downtown Dallas. Many of the buildings constructed for the
Centennial are still in use today at Fair Park and there is a program to restore the buildings so they might last for more generations.
Today, the Centennial itself has become a part of the lore and history of the state. Some believe that a lot of the world first discovered
Texas in 1936. And even more believe that the Central Exposition is what put the city of Dallas on the map. For the most part, other
than a few buildings in Dallas, all that remains of the Centennial are the souvenirs and mementos that visitors purchased while visiting the
celebrations. Today, most of these souvenirs are sought after collectibles.
This internet site is dedicated to preserving the history and heritage of the 1936 Texas Centennial and to the promotion of the hobby
of collecting Centennial souvenirs. This site is also the online home of the Texas Centennial Club, an organization dedicated to bringing
Texas Centennial collectors together where all can share in the fun of Texas Centennial collecting.
If you have any interest in the Texas Centennial, come on in.