The John and Alois Morkovsky Collection, no. 20 – Fringes of the Vatican II Council, 1964

Bishop John Morkovsky attended the Second Vatican Council in Rome in 1964. This home movie from a reel labeled “Fringes of the Vatican II Council” captures the site-seeing he did while in Europe for the meeting.

The John and Alois Morkovsky Collection, no. 22 – Monsignor Alois Morkovsky’s 50th Anniversary, 1974

This home movie from the Morkovsky collection mainly captures the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Monsignor Alois Morkovsky’s ordination to the priesthood. Held on June 2, 1974, the event took place at Queen of the Holy Rosary Church in Hostyn, Texas; Alois was ordained on June 1, 1924 at St. John’s Seminary in San

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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. 23 – School Kids

This home movie from the Morkovsky collection comes from a reel labeled “School Kids,” and documents children at an unidentified location, likely in the San Antonio area where Father Morkovsky served in the 1940s and 50s. Do you recognize anyone in this film or know where it is? Please contact us and let us know.

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. 24 – Vacation School

This home movie from the Morkovsky collection captures classes from vacation school posing, waving, and crossing themselves for the camera. Also on the reel is a display of the children’s projects; blue ribbons suggest that they might be competition winners. Do you recognize anyone in this film or know where it is? Please contact us

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The John and Alois Morkovsky Collection, no. 13 – St. Joe’s Picnic at Canyon, 1956

This home movie from the Morkovsky collection captures a class, probably from St. Joseph’s school in Amarillo, picnicing in the shadow of the large rock formations of Palo Duro Canyon.

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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