The Ouida Whitaker Dean Collection, no. 13 – Nat Church Homecoming, Part II (1976)

This home movie from 1976 captures scenes from a homecoming event at a church in Nat, a small community northwest of Nacogdoches. At the gathering, a quartet performs a song for the attendees. While the footage does contain sound, the audio is largely absent.

The Ouida Whitaker Dean Collection, no. 12 – Nat Church Homecoming, Part I (1976)

This home movie from 1976 captures scenes from a homecoming event at a church in Nat, a small community northwest of Nacogdoches. At the gathering, attendees sing a song together and watch specific performances. One musical performance includes an accordion. While the footage does contain sound, the audio is largely absent.

The Ouida Whitaker Dean Collection, no. 18 – Whittling

This short home movie captures Mr. Truitt whittling a piece of wood in the town square of the East Texas town, Center.

The Bursley Collection, no. 4 – Flying in Hot Air Balloons

This home movie scenes of hot air balloons in the El Paso desert in the late 1970s. In the film, Philip Bursley and their friends prepare the balloons for their journey and then take flight. One person skydives out of the balloon.

The Ouida Whitaker Dean Collection, no. 8 – Timpson Hallways (1977)

This home movie from 1977 captures scenes from Timpson High School in East Texas. Some students paint a large picture of bear, the school’s mascot, while others congregate in the hallways, dancing and singing.

The Ouida Whitaker Dean Collection, no. 16 – Christmas Party (1975)

This home movie from 1975 captures footage of a Christmas party with Timpson High School students. Many attendees dance with one another, from line dancing to the Bump, while others play basketball.

The Bursley Collection, no. 5 – Day at the Airfield

This home movie features silent footage shot by Philip Bursley of hot air balloons, airplanes, and helicopters flying over and landing in El Paso in the late 1970s. The airport seen in the footage is the Horizon Airport, formerly known as the West Texas Airport, in Horizon City. In the film, skydivers prepare hot air

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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 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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The Bursley Collection, no. 2 – Skydiving Parachute Landings (1977)

This home movie captures scenes shot by Philip Bursley of multiple skydivers parachuting into the El Paso desert in the late 1970s. In the film, individuals watch as their friends make their landings in the drop zone. Others prepare parachutes for another trip.