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1955 Texas Rose Festival

Tyler Rose Museum

Silent | 1955

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  •  Mayor Zeb J. Spruiell and Maymerle Shirley, Queen of the Rose Festival 
  •  Dr. Clayton Shirley and Maymerle Shirley, at Queen's Tea in the Shirley home 
  •  Joanne Miller, Queen 
  •  Florence Brown 
  •  Nancy Burks 
  •  Ann McCullars 
  •  Nancy Steed 
  •  Mary Gene McDonald 
  •  Henry Bell 
  •  Joanne Miller, Hershel Lyle 
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This film documents events of the 1955 Tyler Rose Festival. It includes footage of the floats and pageant hall being assembled, the Queen's Tea, Coronation, and scenes from the parade. The rose industry began in Tyler near the turn of the century and, currently, approximately one-fifth of the nation's commercial rose bushes are produced in Smith County. The Tyler Rose Museum is the home for Tyler's unique rose history, with videos and photographs chronicling the area's agricultural history and Rose Festival memorabilia and hand-sewn costumes dating back to 1935. The museum's interactive displays and theaters bring October's Annual Texas Rose Festival to life year ‘round.