The H.R. Ketchum Film Collection, no. 2 – Arkansas Air National Guard and Parade

This home movie from the 1920s captures scenes of Galveston’s Ketchum family in Arkansas and Oklahoma. The first portion of footage captures members of the Arkansas Air National Guard at an airfield in Fort Smith. A pilot dances for the camera and demonstrates how to don the proper flight attire while mechanics repair various planes […]

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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 Bentsen Film Collection, no. 6 – Family Garden and Texas Citrus Fiesta Parade

This home movie captures scenes of the Bentsen family posing in a thriving flower garden among rose bushes and papaya trees. Views of the house and grounds are also recorded, as well as footage of the children on horseback. Scenes of floats lining up for the Texas Citrus Fiesta parade are later included.

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The David Ayala Collection, no. 1 – Catholic Wedding Ceremony, Part I

This home movie captures scenes of an Ayala family wedding held at a Catholic church. The bride makes her entrance on the arm of her father, then the ceremony begins. The couple exchanges their vows and rings, then the groom presents the Arras to his bride. The Arras is a Catholic wedding tradition prevalent in […]

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The Bentsen Film Collection, no. 5 – Citrus Queen Pageant and Parade

This home movie captures scenes of a 1940s Citrus Queen Pageant and parade, part of the Texas Citrus Fiesta in Mission, Texas. Pageant contestants and their escorts walk down the stage in their gowns in front of a large grapefruit backdrop. Brief scenes of the Parade of Oranges are also included.

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