This home movie, from the collection of Austin’s John Baylor family, captures the assembly of the of the Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Circus Combined Show site in Austin. A number of circus animals are shown while the big top is being constructed, including elephants, tigers, polar bears, miniature ponies, and donkeys.
This home movie of the Baylor family horseback riding around Austin includes scenes of St. Edward’s University, calf roping, camping, and an advertisement for the Austin rodeo.
This home movie includes footage of Dr. Freeman camping with the kids on the beach and church scenes of Easter Sunday at Mt. Horem Baptist Church in 1971.
This home movie from the Grimes Family Films captures scenes of a birthday celebration and two Christmas mornings. It also shows the young Grimes daughter playing with small puppies, and the brother and sister playing together in a backyard pool.
This home movie from the Coltman Collection captures scenes of the family traveling around West Texas. Stops include a visit to Langtry, where Judge Roy Bean operated as Justice of the Peace out of a saloon; a hike around Fort Davis; and a swim in the Indian Lodge pool.
This home movie from the Chavira-Estrada collection captures the El Paso-based family on a camping trip in Ruidosa, New Mexico.
This home movie from the Baylor family captures a group of young scouts exploring Big Bend National Park and includes scenic shots of Boquillas Canyon and other majestic West Texas landscapes.
This home movie from the 1940s captures scenes of a Wells family day at the lake, likely Moss Lake near Gainesville. The family spends time on the porch of their lake house, where Margie and Harris Peyton Wells play with a dog, then play a lively game of poker. Later, the couples travel to a […]
This home movie from El Paso captures scenes of the U.S. Naval Reserve Organized Surface Division’s operations and a 1964 conference in El Paso called the Swap Fiesta hosted by ham radio club WSES.
This home movie captures the Benson family camping at New Mexico’s Rock Hound State Park, famous for attracting amateur geologists known as “rockhounders” in search of agates and quartz crystal. Among the footage of the mountainous scenery, a family member holds and pets a horny toad, the Texas State reptile.