Thomas F. Freeman Collection, no. 52 – Summer Trip to the East Coast

This home movie captures scenes of the Freeman Family taking a road trip up the East Coast to celebrate July 4th and Mother’s Day, stopping to sightsee and visit family along the way. At one stop, the Freemans visit what appears to be cousins or family friends, and the children spend the afternoon swimming in […]

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The Ouida Whitaker Dean Collection, no. 19 – The Young Life of Jeffery Sullivan

This home movie from the 1970s captures scenes of a day in the life of Ouida Whitaker Dean’s grand-nephew, Jeffrey Sullivan. After introducing himself, Sullivan shows us around his home in Nacogdoches, strolling through the crops and visiting the livestock. He also plays with his pets and hangs out with his family. This film charmingly […]

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Smile, Laugh, Cry (2013)

This student film, made by Charlie Sanchez, uses archival footage from the Texas Archive of the Moving Image to explore the experience of growing up with family on both sides of the Texas-Mexico border. The film examines how the border divides two societies, but Sanchez, through the experience of getting to know his family in […]

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Picón Family Memories – Dancing on Christmas (1976)

This home movie captures scenes of the Picon family dancing in the living room on Christmas of 1976. Members of the family from all generations join in on the dancing to celebrate the holiday.

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Picón Family Memories – Diane Singing, Dancing, Playing

This 1970s-era home movie filmed by the Picón family in San Angelo depicts moments in the life of their young daughter Diane, starting with a Christmas morning, where she received a microphone, followed by various scenes of her performing with that gift, dancing with her grandmother, and playing with the family dog.

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Picón Family Memories – Christmas Singing and Mexican Dancing (1975)

This home movie captures scenes of the Picón Family Christmas celebration in 1975, including daughter Diane singing ‘Jingle Bells’ and dancing to Mexican music. Later, all of the young family members sing ‘Jingle Bells’ and ‘Silent Night.’

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The E.B. Hopkins Collection, no. 5 – Miami Vacation, The New Klondike (1925)

This intertitled home movie from Texas oilman E.B. Hopkins captures scenes of a family vacation to Miami, Florida in 1925. The family is in the Coral Gables area of Miami as the silent picture, The New Klondike, is filmed, resulting in scenes of alligators used in the film captured in this home movie. Scenes of […]

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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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