Home movies occupy an enormous part of our Texas film heritage. Since the 1920s, popular formats like 16mm, 8mm, Super 8 and video have captured our private events and public moments and helped us channel our creative impulses as amateur filmmakers. But they do more than just document our lives; our home movies continually reveal […]
Vehicles feature prominently in this home movie from the George Withers collection – two boys play with their dogs and speed about the sidewalk in a go cart, while the adults admire and take a ride in an antique vehicle that bears the Ferrari logo.
Using clips from commercially available films to narrate and punctuate the events captured in the home movies, this film from the Dennis Family collection chronicles a family trip and the activities of the children, especially with what appears to be a church youth group. Among the events caught on film are a trip to the […]
This home movie captures scenes of a Boy Scouts of America parade along Lavaca Street and Congress Avenue in Austin. Footage features historic Austin buildings such as the Sheraton Crest Inn and Austin National Bank, as well as scenes of Congressman J.J. Pickle, Senator Ralph Yarborough, Governor Preston Smith, UT football players Hub Bechtol and […]
This home movie portrays rural life for the Easterwood family in the 1950s. Focusing primarily on the Easterwoods’ farm, the film captures many scenes of wheat fields, harvests, and farm equipment. Images of horses and ponies roaming in pastures, downtown Dimmitt, and an Easterwood family wedding anniversary celebration are also included.
This home movie from the Morkovsky collection captures the celebrations and festivities surrounding the Catholic Archdiocese of San Antonio’s Diamond Jubilee. Also on the reel is a film tour of the archdiocese that inlcudes among its stops, the Alamo, Municipal Auditorium, the Tower Life Building, Mission Concepcion, and the Shrine of the Little Flower.
This home movie from the 1960s captures the Graham family’s visits to Ascarate Park in El Paso, as well as several birthday and holiday celebrations. At the park, family members engage in all sorts of recreational activities, from water skiing to fishing to camping. Later in the footage, individuals test the ground with explosives and […]
This home movie from Texas oilman E.B. Hopkins captures scenes of a family vacation to Miami, Florida in 1925. The family visits citrus groves, visits a Seminole tribe, meets a chimpanzee, and spends a good amount of time in downtown Miami and on the bayfront. The family also visits the Venetian Pool in Coral Gables […]
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 […]
This home movie captures scenes of young men in the Moore family that were members of the U.S. Army posing in uniform with their mother, Dixie Moore, in the yard. Scenes of a Moore family Christmas and an older couple with dollhouses are also included.