The Ouida Whitaker Dean Collection, no. 13 – Nat Church Homecoming, Part II (1976)

This home movie from 1976 captures scenes from a homecoming event at a church in Nat, a small community northwest of Nacogdoches. At the gathering, a quartet performs a song for the attendees. While the footage does contain sound, the audio is largely absent.

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HP Wells Family Films – Texas Cowboy Reunion (1939)

This home movie from the HP Wells Family Films opens on the Stamford Rodeo, also known as the Texas Cowboy Reunion, in 1939. Men and women ride horses in a cloverleaf pattern, and men ride bucking broncos and wrangle calves. The film also includes scenes of a game of golf, a father playing outside with […]

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The Marks Family Films, no. 2 – The Salt Grass Trail Ride (1956)

This home movie features silent, black-and-white footage of the Salt Grass Trail Ride in 1956. The kick-off event for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (previously known as the Houston Fat Stock Show and Livestock Exhibition), the trail ride began in 1952 after four cowmen decided to reenact the journey of pioneer cattlemen taking their […]

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The Marks Family Films, no. 3 – Starting the Salt Grass Trail Ride (1958)

This home movie features silent footage of participants lining up and leaving Brenham for the 1958 Salt Grass Trail Ride. The kick-off event for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (previously known as the Houston Fat Stock Show and Livestock Exhibition), the trail ride began in 1952 after four cowmen decided to reenact the journey […]

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The Marks Family Films, no. 4 – Rodeo Footage

This home movie contains black-and-white, silent footage of a rodeo in Texas, likely held at E.H. Marks’ ranch, the LH7. The footage highlights the events of the day, beginning with the riders making their entrance onto the rodeo grounds. Several rodeo events are featured, including cattle branding, calf roping, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, and […]

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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 Ramon Galindo Collection, no. 22 – The First Annual Aqua Festival Parade and Rodeo (1962)

This home movie captures scenes of the first annual Aqua Festival parade and rodeo in Austin in 1962. The Aqua Festival was founded in 1962 to promote Austin and the surrounding region as a destination and to boost the local economy during its slow season. This film documents one of the festival’s parades, where floats […]

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