The Coltman Collection, no. 15 – Boy Scouts of America Parade (1970)

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 […]

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The Richard Eisenhour Collection, no. 3 – Galveston (c. 1940)

This home movie, filmed by an unknown Galveston family, documents a number of Galveston’s historic sites. Included with scenes of the family is footage of Seawall Boulevard, the Buccaneer Hotel, Murdoch’s Bathhouse, Sui Jen (later the Balinese Room), the Galveston Ship Channel, Public School Stadium, Ursuline Academy, and a parade on Seawall Boulevard where Beaumont’s […]

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The John and Alois Morkovsky Collection, no. 18 – Battle of Flowers Parade

This home movie from the Morkovsky collection captures scenes from a Battle of Flowers Parade, one of the signature events of Fiesta San Antonio. Across the street, spectators watch from the roof of Walter’s Pharmacy and the Hotel Nuevo Leon, located at the corner of W. Houston Street and N. Santa Rosa Avenue.

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The Horak Family Collection, no. 6 – Home Movie Compilation

This home movie from the Horak Family collection provides a glimpse into the family’s daily life in El Paso. Children on their way to school pose and walk for the camera, as does police officer C.J. Horak on his way to his motorcycle. Also captured is a rodeo parade featuring marching bands, baton twirlers and […]

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The Cristela Gonzalez Bond Collection, no. 4 – Lucy’s Wedding and Apollo XI Parade (1969)

This home movie from Houston captures scenes of a Gonzalez family wedding and the welcome home parade for the astronauts of Apollo XI following the moon landing of July 20, 1969. Scenes of an exuberant Lucy Gonzalez exiting the church open the film before the ticker tape parade down Main Street in Houston. The parade […]

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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 E.B. Hopkins Collection, no. 9 – Family Celebrations and Texas Happenings (1937-38)

This home movie features a number of Hopkins family celebrations and happenings around Texas in 1937 and 1938. The film opens with the wedding of E.B. Hopkins’s eldest daughter, Amy, to Ted Fitch. Next, E.B. Hopkins tours the Texas Centennial Exposition in Dallas’ Fair Park, focusing on buildings such as the Hall of State, the […]

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