The Richard Eisenhour Collection, no. 6 – Galveston (c. 1939)

This home movie, from an unknown Galveston family, captures scenes of life on the island. Footage includes the family enjoying time on the beach, riding the ferry, sailing in the harbor, and visiting the San Jacinto Monument. Also of note are shots of the SS City of Joliet (a freighter torpedoed and sunk in 1942 […]

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The Richard Eisenhour Collection, no. 8 – Galveston-Bolivar Ferry (c. 1960)

This home movie, filmed by San Antonio resident Wade R. Bedell, Sr., captures images of Galveston from the Galveston-Bolivar Ferry. Along with scenes of the family, footage includes ships on the ship channel and the Bolivar Point Lighthouse. These films are part of the collection courtesy of native Galvestonian and current Austin resident Richard Eisenhour, […]

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The Richard Eisenhour Collection, no. 1 – Galveston (c. 1940)

This home movie, filmed by an unknown Galveston family, captures scenes of life on the island. While much of the reel is of the family and children, footage also includes construction of a home and building the docks and boat shelters in the harbor near Fort Point. These films are part of the collection courtesy […]

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The E.B. Hopkins Collection, no. 13 – Trips to the Wider Caribbean Region

This home movie captures scenes of trips to various South and Central American countries between 1926 and 1934, including Colombia, Panama, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Trinidad and Tobago, Martinique, and the United States Virgin Islands. In addition to sightseeing footage, the film highlights the means of transport to these destinations, from ocean liners to trains […]

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Thomas F. Freeman Collection, no. 19 – Galveston Vacation (1970)

This home movie captures scenes of the Freemans’ vacation on the Texas coast in 1970. The family first goes to Galveston, eating at the Cafeteria at the Jack Tar Hotel, then leisurely spends time on the beach swimming and sunbathing. Later they take a ride on a ferry, The Texas Queen, in Seabrook.

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Thomas F. Freeman Collection, no. 40 – New England Trip(1971)

This home movie captures scenes of the Freemans’ road trip through the northeast where they visit family and friends. The Freemans participate in church activities at Pleasant Street Baptist Church in Westerly, Rhode Island where Dr. Freeman delivers a sermon as a guest minister.

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Thomas F. Freeman Collection, no. 18 – Houston and Galveston (1973)

This home movie captures scenes of the Freemans entertaining a visiting family friend by taking her to see tourist attractions in Galveston and Houston. Footage from a ferry ride that portrays the Port of Galveston and Seawolf Park, as well as scenes shot at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Houston, are included.

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