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. 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 Dennis Family Films, no. 2 – Vacation in Houston, 1966

This home movie from the Dennis Family collection captures a vacation trip to the Houston area where they visit several historic sites and landmarks, including Sam Houston’s Woodland home in Huntsville, the San Jacinto Battleground and the then brand new Astrodome.

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The Father Emil Wesselsky Collection – Visiting the Holy Sites Abroad (1965)

This home movie captures Shiner native Father Emil Wesselsky’s trip to Israel, Rome and Vatican City in 1965. The film captures images of many historical Catholic churches and public sculptures, including the Church of the Beatitudes, the Basilica of the Annunciation, the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, and the Vatican. It also includes […]

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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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The Avena-Wilson Collection, no. 3 – La Raza Unida State Convention October 1971

This home movie captures scenes of the state convention of La Raza Unida Party (RUP) in San Antonio in October 1971. The state convention that year was the first time that RUP attempted to organize at the state level, and delegates attended from nine counties across the state, including Travis, Tarrant, and Bexar Counties. The […]

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The Orris D. Brown Collection, no. 7 – A Vacation Junket (1939)

This home movie captures scenes of the Brown family on vacation in June 1939. The family first travels to Tennessee, through the Appalachians and the Smoky Mountains, then into Washington D.C. where they go sightseeing. Footage of the United States Capitol Building, the Supreme Court Building, the Washington Monument, the White House, the Arlington House, […]

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The Orris D. Brown Collection, no. 8 – Trip to New Orleans

This home movie captures scenes of the Brown family driving to then vacationing in New Orleans, Louisiana in the late 1930s. The family makes stops in Lake Charles and New Iberia as they drive to New Orleans, where they see farm workers harvesting sugar cane. In New Orleans, they spend time in the French Quarter, […]

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The Bentsen Film Collection, no. 12 – Trip to Tuxtla Gutierrez, Mexico

This home movie captures scenes of the Bentsen family traveling to Mexico, visiting what appears to be the town of Tuxtla Gutierrez. Scenes of tourist sites such as a mission and a monument, as well as street scenes and footage of a park in town center, are included.

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