The Historic Brownsville Museum Collection, no. 5 – Charro Days Fiesta

Charro Days Fiesta is held every year in Brownsville, TX to celebrate the rich traditions, culture and shared heritage of the Texas

The Cristela Gonzalez Bond Collection, no. 1 – A Stroll in Sombreros

This home movie from the 1960s features mutliple generations of the Gonzalez family strolling the streets of a city, possibly in Mexico. Costumed little boys wear sombreros and play with toy guns. The women of the family wear nice dresses and smile for the camera.

The Cruz Family Collection, no. 4 – Lassoing and Dancing

This home movie from El Paso’s Cruz family captures scenes of children dancing the Mexican Hat Dance in traditional Mexican costume, young boys performing tricks with lassos, then a fashionable adult dance party.

The Cruz Family Collection, no. 17 – Children’s Pageant and Dance

This home movie captures scenes of a pageant and dance reception. A young boy and girl are both crowned and seated on thrones during a ceremony, then adult couples dance to live music.

The Graham Collection – Charreada (1963)

This home movie captures a Mexican Charreada, an event similar to an American Rodeo. In the footage, charros ride out into the arena on horseback and compete in bull fighting. Later, the Graham family try on sombreros and enjoy a Texas sunset.