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The Ryan Battle Collection, no. 12 – Florida Trip in the Airstream

This home movie captures scenes of the Battle family road tripping across the south to Florida. With an Air Stream in tow, they visit Silver Springs, the Castillo de San Marcos, a theme park called “Jungle Land” and, of course, the beach.

Leon Blevins Family Collection, no. 1 – Dobkins Family Movies

This home movie compilation from the Leon Blevins Collection documents many facets of the Dobkins family’s life. Captured are the children at home, parades, and several family trips, mainly through the American West, and especially to Colorado where they had a vacation home. Of special note is the clip of a square dance; Virginia Dobkins

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The Maxie Davie Family, 1958-1970, no. 1 – Christmases and Vacations

This home movie from the Maxie Davie Family collection captures the family celebrating several Christmases and enjoying a few vacations. Included in the footage are scenes of the family visiting the Davie gravesite at the Woodmen Cemetery in Dekalb, and the seaside in Corpus Christi.

The Coltman Collection, no. 9 – Six Flags Over Texas, 1971

This home movie from the Coltman Collection captures the family’s trip to the Six Flags over Texas in Arlington. Highlights include a dolphin show, the carousel, and train and boat rides. There is also footage of I35.

The E.B. Hopkins Collection, no. 2 – Baby and Peggie (c. 1925)

This home movie from Texas oilman E.B. Hopkins captures scenes of a family vacation to Miami, Florida in 1925. The family visits citrus groves, visits a Seminole tribe, meets a chimpanzee, and spends a good amount of time in downtown Miami and on the bayfront. The family also visits the Venetian Pool in Coral Gables

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The August F. Wittenborn Collection, no. 2 – Holidays and HemisFair

This home movie features several Wittenborn family events, including shots of their soon-to-be new home in the Briarcliff Area of Austin, Christmas 1967, a family vacation to Acapulco, both children’s birthdays, and footage of HemisFair Park in San Antonio and the Ringling Brothers Circus. The Wittenborn Family hails from Austin, Texas and the films of

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Cory Welch Family Films, no. 1 – Trip to California, 1978

This home movie captures scenes of the Welch family’s trip to Disneyland where they ride a carousel and Dumbo the Flying Elephant, then meet Disney characters. Also caught on film is the family’s drive into San Francisco over the Golden Gate Bridge.

The Figueroa Family Collection – Trip to the HemisFair, Neell’s Birthday Party (1960s)

This home movie captures scenes of the Figueroa family visiting the 1968 HemisFair in San Antonio. The family rides around the park, enjoying a view of the attractions from the Tower of the Americas before watching a performance of the highly popular Mexican showcase, Los Voladores de Papantla, a ritualistic dance originating with the Totonac

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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!

The Easterwood Family Films, no. 4 – Century 21 Exposition (1962)

This home movie captures scenes of the Easterwood family visiting the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair – The Century 21 Exposition. The film focuses primarily on the Space Needle, which was the tallest building west of the Mississippi at the time.