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The Texas State Museum of Asian Cultures Collection - Children’s Play and Storybook Art

Texas State Museum of Asian Cultures

Silent | 1960s

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  •  Billie Chandler welcomes the play attendees 
  •  The play begins 
  •  Storybook art 
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This 1960s home movie shows Fort Worth native and longtime Corpus Christi resident Billie Trimble Chandler hosting a community play and showcasing her storybook art. The play, The Life of Winston Churchill, is performed by young children. Later, Chandler demonstrates storybook art, a skill she learned in Japan that uses dolls and intricate floral arrangements to tell a story. Chandler lived and worked in Japan for many years. When she returned to Texas in 1971, she brought with her a large collection of Japanese art, establishing the Japanese Art Museum of Corpus Christi in 1974. (The museum is now known as the Texas State Museum of Asian Cultures.)