The John and Alois Morkovsky Collection, no. 16 – San Antonio Diamond Jubilee, 1949

This home movie from the Morkovsky collection captures the celebrations and festivities surrounding the Catholic Archdiocese of San Antonio’s Diamond Jubilee. Also on the reel is a film tour of the archdiocese that inlcudes among its stops, the Alamo, Municipal Auditorium, the Tower Life Building, Mission Concepcion, and the Shrine of the Little Flower.

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.

The John and Alois Morkovsky Collection, no. 15 – 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.

The John and Alois Morkovsky Collection, no. 18 – Battle of Flowers Parade

This home movie from the Morkovsky collection captures scenes from a Battle of Flowers Parade, one of the signature events of Fiesta San Antonio. Across the street, spectators watch from the roof of Walter’s Pharmacy and the Hotel Nuevo Leon, located at the corner of W. Houston Street and N. Santa Rosa Avenue.

The John and Alois Morkovsky Collection, no. 17 – Construction of St. Gregory Church and School, 1955

This home movie documents the construction of St. Gregory’s Catholic Church and School in San Antonio, dedicated in 1955. The building in the film served temporarily as a church and assembly hall; now it is the school’s library. Up until the mid 1950s, the Catholics in northwest San Antonio were affiliated with St. Mary Magdalen’s

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The John and Alois Morkovsky Collection, no. 21 – Father Kolar

Parishioners dressed in their Sunday best file out of a church after attending Father Kolar’s Lenten Day of Recollection. This may have been at St. Leo’s church in San Antonio, where Father Morkovsky was pastor; notes on the film can indicate that this would have been a Czech program.