The Father Emil Wesselsky Collection – Wedding, Family Reunion, and Trip to Pueblo Mountain Park (1967)

This home movie from the 1960s captures family gatherings in Shiner, including a family reunion, a wedding, and the welcoming a new addition. Also included is footage of children picking wildflowers and a family trip to Pueblo Mountain Park in Colorado.

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The Father Emil Wesselsky Collection – Feeding Chickens and the Tower of the Americas (1967)

This home movie features a man and a woman feeding bread to some young chickens. It also contains footage of the construction of the Tower of the Americas in Downtown San Antonio. Opening on April 6, 1968, the observation tower served as the theme structure for HemisFair ’68, the official 1968 World’s Fair.

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The Father Emil Wesselsky Collection – Construction of the Hilton Palacio del Rio (1967)

This home movie captures the construction of the Hilton Palacio del Rio along the San Antonio River Walk, paying particular attention to the technique of stacking large concrete units with a crane. The Hilton Palacio del Rio was built for the 1968 HemisFair and is a city landmark with a construction story as interesting as […]

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The Father Emil Wesselsky Collection – Visiting the Holy Sites Abroad (1965)

This home movie captures Shiner native Father Emil Wesselsky’s trip to Israel, Rome and Vatican City in 1965. The film captures images of many historical Catholic churches and public sculptures, including the Church of the Beatitudes, the Basilica of the Annunciation, the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, and the Vatican. It also includes […]

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The Father Emil Wesselsky Collection – Viva Max! (1968)

This home movie captures scenes of the VIVA MAX! set in downtown San Antonio outside of the Alamo as the movie was filmed in 1969. Viva Max! is a comedy directed by Jerry Paris based on the novel by news anchor James Lehrer. The film stars Peter Ustinov as Max, a Mexican general who decides […]

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The Father Emil Wesselsky Collection – LBJ and Lady Bird Visit the San Antonio World’s Fair (1968)

This home movie captures scenes of the preparations for the San Antonio World’s Fair, the HemisFair, in 1968; the celebrations in full swing; and President Lyndon B. Johnson, Lady Bird Johnson, and Governor John Connally visiting the HemisFair on July 4, 1968. In addition to the President and First Lady’s visit, other notable scenes include […]

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The Father Emil Wesselsky Collection – Trip to Europe and the USSR (1971)

This home movie captures scenes of a trip Father Emil Wesselsky of Shiner took to Europe and the Soviet Union in 1971. The footage includes stops in Copenhagen, Stockholm, Saint Petersburg, Moscow, and both East and West Berlin. Of note are images at the end of the film when Father Wesselsky documents the Berlin Wall.

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The Father Emil Wesselsky Collection – From Shiner to Canada

This home movie captures family life in 1960s Shiner, including a fishing trip and a large church picnic. It also features footage of Father Emil Wesselsky’s trip to Catholic North American pilgrimage sites, such as the Parish in the National Shrine of the North American martyrs in upstate New York, the Oratory of St. Joseph […]

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