Texas in Review – Seward Plantation (1957)

This clip, originally aired as part of the January 7, 1957 episode of “Texas in Review,” features the Seward home, a 24-room plantation mansion and grounds located outside of Independence, Texas. The tour of the property highlights the craftsmanship and interesting points of the house and outbuildings. At the time of filming, the plantation had […]

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Sam Houston Tribute at Texas Centennial

Crowds assemble to celebrate the centennial of Texas independence with the introduction of descendants of signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence and stirring speeches of heroism. At least some of the footage appears to be at Sam Houston’s memorial grave in Huntsville.

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The Marks Family Films, no. 2 – The Salt Grass Trail Ride (1956)

This home movie features silent, black-and-white footage of the Salt Grass Trail Ride in 1956. The kick-off event for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (previously known as the Houston Fat Stock Show and Livestock Exhibition), the trail ride began in 1952 after four cowmen decided to reenact the journey of pioneer cattlemen taking their […]

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The Marks Family Films, no. 3 – Starting the Salt Grass Trail Ride (1958)

This home movie features silent footage of participants lining up and leaving Brenham for the 1958 Salt Grass Trail Ride. The kick-off event for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (previously known as the Houston Fat Stock Show and Livestock Exhibition), the trail ride began in 1952 after four cowmen decided to reenact the journey […]

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The Murphy Family Collection – Independence, Texas

This home movie captures scenes of the Murphy family in the historic town of Independence, Texas where they visit the original bell donated to the Baptist Church by Mrs. cy Lea, Sam Houston’s mother-in-law. The family also views the ruins of Baylor Female College and the men’s school, Baylor University. Baylor Female College moved to […]

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The Murphy Family Collection – Independence, Texas

This home movie captures scenes of the Murphy family in the historic town of Independence, Texas where they visit the original bell donated to the Baptist Church by Mrs. cy Lea, Sam Houston’s mother-in-law. The family also views the ruins of Baylor Female College and the men’s school, Baylor University. Baylor Female College moved to […]

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The Orris D. Brown Collection, no. 3 – Texas Centennial Snapshots (1936)

This film from the Orris D. Brown Collection documents notable locations, battles, and citizens that tell the story of early Texas at the time of its centennial in 1936. Intertittled to introduce each place and its significance, footage is included of statues of La Salle and Sam Houston, the Spanish Governor’s Palace and the Alamo […]

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