The Stack Family Films, no. 2 – San Antonio

This home movie from the Stack Family collection captures the family on a trip to San Antonio, where they rough house and climb trees in a yard or park and then take in the city’s sites from the River Walk.

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The Coltman Collection, no. 4 – Travels Around Texas, 1962

This home movie from the Coltman Collection captures the family as they travel to historic sites in San Antonio and around Texas. Footage features the Riverwalk, Alamo and Spanish Governor’s Palace in San Antonio, the Dallas skyline and Trinity River, Davy Crockett National Forest in East Texas and a walk in Pease Park along Lamar […]

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The Father Emil Wesselsky Collection – Construction of the Hilton Palacio del Rio (1967)

This home movie captures the construction of the Hilton Palacio del Rio along the San Antonio River Walk, paying particular attention to the technique of stacking large concrete units with a crane. The Hilton Palacio del Rio was built for the 1968 HemisFair and is a city landmark with a construction story as interesting as […]

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The Father Emil Wesselsky Collection – LBJ and Lady Bird Visit the San Antonio World’s Fair (1968)

This home movie captures scenes of the preparations for the San Antonio World’s Fair, the HemisFair, in 1968; the celebrations in full swing; and President Lyndon B. Johnson, Lady Bird Johnson, and Governor John Connally visiting the HemisFair on July 4, 1968. In addition to the President and First Lady’s visit, other notable scenes include […]

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The Ludeke Family Collection, no. 9 – 1968 HemisFair

James and Joreen Ludeke settled in Wichita County in 1954 and raised their 6 children on their ranch located on the former site of the Four Sixes Horse Ranch and the North West Oil field. Their film collection features scenes of farm life set against a backdrop of North Central Texas prairie, the Red River, […]

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