William D. (Bill) Benge Collection

Summary: Donor is a longtime resident of Fort Worth, a former Archives volunteer and a member of the Tarrant County Historical Society. He was owner of William D. Benge Marketing and Public Relations, which he operated between the years 1984 and 1992. Prior, he worked for the Jerre R. Todd Agency. Items in this collection include promotional and press materials for Fort Worth businesses and materials related to the opening of Heritage Park.

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Donor holding sign for Easter Seal Fountain

Pictured: Donor holding sign "All the Money Thrown in the 'Easter Seal' Fountain Will Go to the Easter Seal Center" (Fort Worth Society for Crippled Children and Adults), 4700 S. Riverside Drive, undated.

Golden Goddess statue, 1978

Pictured: Golden Goddess statue in the Westbrook Hotel lobby just prior to demolition of the old hotel in 1978.

Heritage Park

  • Program: Heritage Park Plaza Dedication Ceremony, April 18, 1980.
  • Name tag for "Bill Benge, Jerre R. Todd and Associates."
  • Sounvenir: Brown paper bag with the printed words, "To remember what Fort Worth was almost a century and a half ago, look inside this bag."


  • Deep in the Arts, KERA production on the Gentling Brothers Aztec Project.
  • On the Record, KERA production on Tommy Lee Jones, June 26, 1998.
  • Bell and Howell 16mm film and sound player/projector.
  • Four, 8 by 10 inches, black and white, glossy photographic prints of the Golden Goddess in the Westbrook Hotel lobby prior to demolition.
  • One, 8 by 10 inches, black and white, photographic print of donor holding a sign for the Fort Worth Society for Crippled Children and Adults.
Press and Promotional Materials
  • Casa Manana Travelling Players Scrapbook, 1974.
  • James L. West Center.
  • Fort Worth's "First Night."
  • Cook Children's "Children's Promise Magazine."
  • Seminary South Shopping Center.
  • Joe Lynch Catering.
  • Wolfe Pecanlands.
  • Van Cliburn clipping, "Van Goes Platinum."
  • Million Dollar Endowment Campaign for the Fort Worth Art Museum, 1980.
  • "A Guide to Major Attractions at Six Flags over Texas" brochure.
  • American Revolution Bicentennial Commission of Texas.