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 John and Alois Morkovsky Collection, no. 14 – Texas Folklife Festival, 1977

This home movie from the Morkovsky Collection captures scenes from the 1977 Texas Folklife Festival at HemisFair Park. Held annually since 1972, the event was modeled after the Smithsonian’s Folklife Festival in 1968 and is sponsored by the Institute of Texan Cultures.

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The Dennis Family Films, no. 3 – HemisFair ’68

This home movie from the Dennis Family collection captures the sites and experiences of a day spent at HemisFair ’68 in San Antonio. Footage includes aerial footage of the fairgrounds taken from the cable car ride, the Tower of the Americas, and a number of exhibits and pavillions in HemisFair Park.

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The Father Emil Wesselsky Collection – Feeding Chickens and the Tower of the Americas (1967)

This home movie features a man and a woman feeding bread to some young chickens. It also contains footage of the construction of the Tower of the Americas in Downtown San Antonio. Opening on April 6, 1968, the observation tower served as the theme structure for HemisFair ’68, the official 1968 World’s Fair.

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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 Figueroa Family Collection – Family Party and HemisFair (1968)

This home movie captures scenes of the Figueroa family members enjoying themselves at an outdoor party before visiting the 1968 HemisFair in San Antonio. In addition to the various rides, the family watches the Mercury Outboard waterski show where three water skiers going off a jump at the same time!

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The Porter Click Family, no. 5 – San Antonio Sightseeing

This home movie captures scenes of the Click family sightseeing in San Antonio. The family begins at the Alamo, visits the Fort Sam Houston Quadrangle (where wild animals roam free!), then goes to HemisFair Park where they take a ride up the Tower of Americas to enjoy aerial views of San Antonio. Scenes of the […]

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