Sam Houston Tribute at Texas Centennial

Crowds assemble to celebrate the centennial of Texas independence with the introduction of descendants of signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence and stirring speeches of heroism. At least some of the footage appears to be at Sam Houston’s memorial grave in Huntsville.

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A. M. Harper, Bridge Party and Christmas Celebrations

This home movie from the A.M. Harper collection opens with scenes from a women’s bridge club and continues with extended footage from family Christmas celebrations for children and adults.

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The Cruz Family Collection, no. 8 – Easter Egg Hunt and Cascarones

This home movie from El Paso’s Cruz family captures scenes of a backyard Easter celebration where children and adults both burst cascarones, confetti eggs, on each others’ heads and enjoy guitar music played by the family. Later scenes of the family dancing are also included.

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The Bursley Collection, no. 1 – Air Show and Rockets

This home movie captures scenes shot by Philip Bursley of a group of friends having a party in the El Paso desert in the late 1970s. After a skydiver makes a parachute landing at the start of the film, the friends watch an impromptu air show and launch rockets.

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The Jimmy Mitchell Family Films, no. 1 – Easter and Carlye’s 11th Birthday (1957)

This home movie captures scenes of the Mitchell family celebrating Easter in their Easter dresses and suits, as well as Carlye Mitchell’s 11th birthday party. At the birthday party, Carlye and her friends have fun dancing in couples in the living room.

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Thomas F. Freeman Collection, no. 10 – Party and Awards Banquet

This home movie captures scenes of the Freeman adults attending a party with their peers, a very well-dressed and fashionable group. The party enjoys cocktails as they mingle. Later the group sits down to a banquet-style dinner where Dr. Freeman receives an award.

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