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 Avena-Wilson Collection, no. 7 – Senators Yarborough and Mondale, Cesar Chavez (1969)

This home movie captures scenes of United States Senators Ralph Yarborough and Walter Mondale conducting a senate committee hearing in Edinburg, Texas, followed by scenes of labor leader and civil rights activist Cesar Chavez. On November 24, 1969, after touring migrant labor camps throughout the Lower Rio Grande Valley, Senators Yarborough and Mondale held a […]

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The Cummings Collection, no. 3 – Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial (1949)

This home movie captures scenes of the Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial, attended by El Paso’s Cummings family in 1949. The Ceremonial is an annual event that brings together Native American tribes from across the nation for a celebration of Native American culture with four days of parades, powwows, and rodeos. Scenes of rodeo events and […]

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The Cummings Collection, no. 8 – Leavell Ranch (1968)

This home movie captures scenes of the Cummings family visiting the a dude ranch in the mountains of Colorado, Leavell Ranch, around the time that El Paso’s Leavell family purchased the ranch. The Cummings hunt, fish, camp, and enjoy the sites of the area, including rivers and forests, as they ride on horseback through the […]

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The Cummings Collection, no. 12 – Airplane Hangar and Colorado (1968)

This home movie captures scenes of the Cummings family visiting an airplane hangar in El Paso where they see different types of airplanes. From there, the family takes a private flight in one of the small planes to go on a hunting and fishing trip in the mountains of Colorado where they camp and ride […]

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