- 1969 - Preston Smith served as a State Representative for six years a State Senator for six years, the Lieutenant Governor for six years, and Governor of Texas for four years.
- 1963 - John Connally was elected Governor of Texas.
- Ima Mae Smith Smith's community work included the Methodist Hospital Auxiliary, the Women's Organization of the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce, the Lubbock Country Club, Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority Alumnae, and the St. John's United Methodist Church. She was awarded the Distinguished Alumnae Award from Texas Tech University.
- Ima Mae Smith Smith presented her gown to the collection.
The inaugural gown of rose colored satin is an empire style dress featuring a softly gathered straight skirt with beaded bodice, short sleeves and gently rounded neckline. The gown was made for her by Wilhite, a Dallas designer.
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