The H.R. Ketchum Film Collection, no. 1 – Wedding Ceremony and Pram Parade

This home movie from the 1920s captures multiple Ketchum family gatherings in Tulsa and Galveston, from a wedding ceremony to a neighborhood parade of children in prams and floats to a trip to the beach. A portion of the footage takes place at the Ketchum’s Galveston residence, the historic Menard House. Michel B. Menard was […]

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Moore Family Films, no. 3 – The Moore Family Home (c. 1956)

This home movie captures scenes of the Lamar and Dixie returning home from a cross-country road trip, happily crossing the Texas border and arriving in Abilene. Scenes follow of the Moore’s neighborhood and home, notably capturing images of a miniature oil derrick in the front yard adorned with the Moore name and house number.

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The Ewen Collection, no. 4 – Easter and Summer Vacation (1962)

This home movie captures scenes of the Ewens in the yard of their Midland home donning their best church clothes for Easter Sunday in 1962, including what was likely baby Lynda’s first Easter dress. Scenes of the Ewens visiting Los Angeles’s Exposition Park Rose Garden and the California Museum of Science and Industry while on […]

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The Figueroa Family Collection – Christmas Morning Around the Tree

This home movie captures scenes of the Figueroa family celebrating the Christmas holiday. On Christmas Eve, the family gathers around the Christmas tree to visit, exchange gifts, and place presents under the tree. On Christmas morning, the family, with the children in the lead, open the presents that had been waiting under the tree, including […]

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The Ewen Collection, no. 2 – Christening, Jimmy is Born, Cole Park (1955-56)

This home movie captures scenes of the Ewen family in 1955 and 1956, including Mike’s christening in Denton in 1955, Billy and Mike playing in the yard in both summer and winter, the family bringing Jimmy home from the hospital in Midland in 1957, Jimmy’s christening, and the boys attending several birthday parties, including one […]

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