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The Local Gang in Kidnappers Foil – Pine Bluff, AR, 1952

This version of an Our Gang style itinerant film, made by Texas filmmaker Melton Barker, stars a local cast from Pine Bluff, Arkansas in 1952. When their friend Betty Davis is kidnapped, the local children pull together to find her. Once the kidnappers are caught and turned over to the police, the gang celebrates with

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The Richard Eisenhour Collection, no. 6 – Galveston (c. 1939)

This home movie, from an unknown Galveston family, captures scenes of life on the island. Footage includes the family enjoying time on the beach, riding the ferry, sailing in the harbor, and visiting the San Jacinto Monument. Also of note are shots of the SS City of Joliet (a freighter torpedoed and sunk in 1942

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The E.B. Hopkins Collection, no. 4 – Family Life (1928)

This home movie of the Hopkins Family captures the family in a number of situations, from on a trip to the northern United States that includes stops in Sandusky, Ohio, and visiting the Irish Hills Towers in Michigan, to a Christmas morning at home in Dallas. Also on the film are snapshots of daily life,

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Wallace and Elva Raney Collection – Roping and Riding

This home movie footage captures scenes of family gatherings from the 1950s. The family rides horses, practices roping cattle, and plays around riding a donkey. Also included is footage of a newborn horse with its mother.

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 Ross S. Sterling Collection, no. 2 – Cowboys at Work

This home movie contains images of cattle being herded through pens at stockyards.

The Marks Family Films, no. 4 – Rodeo Footage

This home movie contains black-and-white, silent footage of a rodeo in Texas, likely held at E.H. Marks’ ranch, the LH7. The footage highlights the events of the day, beginning with the riders making their entrance onto the rodeo grounds. Several rodeo events are featured, including cattle branding, calf roping, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, and

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1937 Sun Carnival Parade and Sun Bowl

This home movie captures scenes of the second annual Sun Carnival parade and Sun Bowl in El Paso on January 1, 1937. Floats, marching bands, and military corps parade through downtown El Paso, many carrying pageant queens, including the Sun Queen. Following are scenes of the Sun Bowl, in this early year still played at

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The Jimmy Mitchell Family Films, no. 3 – Family Vacation in Kentucky (1951)

This home movie captures scenes of the Mitchell family vacationing in Kentucky. The family watches horsesraces at the Churchill Downs racetrack in Louisville, visit the Kentucky State Capitol Building in Frankfort, and Brownwood Farm in Lexington.