The Orris D. Brown Collection, no. 1 – Dallas Centennial Exposition, A Holiday on Treasure Island (1936, 1937)

This home movie from the Orris Brown Collection captures scenes of the Texas Centennial Exposition at the Texas State Fair Grounds in Dallas in 1936. It was the first world’s fair south of the Mason-Dixon Line. At a cost of $25,000,000, the central exposition was built, occupying fifty buildings, including The Hall of Negro Life, […]

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The Dennis Family Films, no. 3 – HemisFair ’68

This home movie from the Dennis Family collection captures the sites and experiences of a day spent at HemisFair ’68 in San Antonio. Footage includes aerial footage of the fairgrounds taken from the cable car ride, the Tower of the Americas, and a number of exhibits and pavillions in HemisFair Park.

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The E.B. Hopkins Collection, no. 3 – Bob and Purcell’s Trip to Niagara

This home movie from Texas oilman E.B. Hopkins captures scenes of a May Day celebration, a family vacation to Niagara Falls, home construction, ships on the Houston Ship Channel, and the family swimming at the beach, likely in Galveston. The home movie begins with scenes of young girls going around a Maypole in the spring […]

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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 Ramon Galindo Collection, no. 7 – Los Voladores de Papantla at the 1968 San Antonio Hemisfair

This film of the 1968 San Antonio Hemisfair features the highly popular Mexican showcase, Los Voladores de Papantla Flying Indians Spectacular. Also shown are scenes of the fairgrounds, including many of the international pavilions and the view from the Swiss Sky-Ride.

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