1960-1970: Changes Bring New Challenges

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Fort Worth began the decade of the 60″s with a population in the city of 356,268 and 573,215 in Tarrant County.  Fort Worth was growing into the cultural city it is today with the addition of the Amon Carter Museum in 1961 and the newly established Van Cliburn International Piano Competition which held its first event in 1962.  As did our nation, Fort Worth also experienced many changes and challenges in the 60s.  In1963, before tragedy struck, President John F. Kennedy gave his last speech at Fort Worth”s Texas Hotel.  And as the Civil Rights Movement gained force in our country,  Fort Worth and the YMCA responded.

In the early 60s, YMCAs began beste online casino holding day camps for girls.  The first one was held at the Eastside YMCA. By the end of the decade, in 1967, all YMCA branches and programs were opened to all races as well.

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Eastside YMCA Girls Day Camp Flyer

Devotional Time at Camp Carter

Devotional Time at Camp Carter

Also, the 1960″s brought growth to the YMCA as a Capital Campaign in 1965 for six new branch buildings passed the $1 million mark.

Capital Campaign in 1960s

Capital Campaign Reaches $1 Million


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