The Orris D. Brown Collection, no. 1 – Dallas Centennial Exposition, A Holiday on Treasure Island (1936, 1937)

This home movie from the Orris Brown Collection captures scenes of the Texas Centennial Exposition at the Texas State Fair Grounds in Dallas in 1936. It was the first world’s fair south of the Mason-Dixon Line. At a cost of $25,000,000, the central exposition was built, occupying fifty buildings, including The Hall of Negro Life, […]

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The Frick 70s Collection, no. 8 – Belton Park, 1976

This home movie footage of the art fair at Belton Park during the annual Belton Parade captures visitors perusing quilt and iron works displays, square dancing, and a band playing. The Frick Collection was donated to TAMI by John Frick and includes home movies of family Christmases, camping trips, and outings in Houston, as well […]

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The Frick 70s Collection, no. 1 – Main Street Art Happening, Houston

This home movie documents a Main Street Art Happening, precursor to the International Festival, on Houston’s Main Street, including art displays, stage shows, and clowns. The Frick Collection was donated to TAMI by John Frick and includes home movies of family Christmases, camping trips, and outings in Houston, as well as trips to local Texas […]

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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 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 Railford H. Burton Collection, no. 2 – Texas Centennial and WWII Scrap Metal Drive (1930-43)

This home movie captures scenes of the Burtons throughout the 1930s and early 40s at work, on vacation, and at home. Notable footage includes a sandstorm in Andrews, Texas, a trip to the Texas Centennial Exposition at the World’s Fair in Dallas, and a scrap metal drive for the war effort in Freeport in 1943.

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The Father Emil Wesselsky Collection – Trip to Europe and the USSR (1971)

This home movie captures scenes of a trip Father Emil Wesselsky of Shiner took to Europe and the Soviet Union in 1971. The footage includes stops in Copenhagen, Stockholm, Saint Petersburg, Moscow, and both East and West Berlin. Of note are images at the end of the film when Father Wesselsky documents the Berlin Wall.

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