The Ernest M. Hunt Family Film Collection, no. 6 – Rancho Feliz, 1944

This home movie from the Hunt Family Collection documents life on E.M. Hunt’s Rancho Feliz in Berion, New Mexico, located just northwest of El Paso on the New Mexican side of the Texas-New Mexico border. Featured are the operations and activities of a working farm and ranch in the southwestern United States in the 1940s. […]

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The H.R. Ketchum Film Collection, no. 1 – Wedding Ceremony and Pram Parade

This home movie from the 1920s captures multiple Ketchum family gatherings in Tulsa and Galveston, from a wedding ceremony to a neighborhood parade of children in prams and floats to a trip to the beach. A portion of the footage takes place at the Ketchum’s Galveston residence, the historic Menard House. Michel B. Menard was […]

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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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Thomas F. Freeman Collection, no. 26 – Trip to Los Angeles (1971)

This home movie captures scenes of Dr. Freeman’s visit to the Florence-Firestone neighborhood of Los Angeles to meet with community members and visit community development sites. Footage includes scenes of the Los Angeles County Model Neighborhood Program building, the Watts Towers of Simon Rodia State Historic Park, and several Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC) […]

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Wallace and Elva Raney Collection – Living With Animals

This home movie captures footage of family life on a ranch in 1950s Texas. The film focuses on the family’s interactions with their animals, including riding horses and ponies, playing with dogs and a donkey, and attempting to ride the family goats. There is also footage of the horses and cows on the ranch walking […]

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The Ludeke Family Collection, no. 15 – Chasing Chickens!

James and Joreen Ludeke settled in Wichita County in 1954 and raised their 6 children on their ranch located on the former site of the Four Sixes Horse Ranch and the North West Oil field. Their film collection features scenes of farm life set against a backdrop of North Central Texas prairie, the Red River, […]

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