The Orris D. Brown Collection, no. 1 – Dallas Centennial Exposition, A Holiday on Treasure Island (1936, 1937)

This home movie from the Orris Brown Collection captures scenes of the Texas Centennial Exposition at the Texas State Fair Grounds in Dallas in 1936. It was the first world’s fair south of the Mason-Dixon Line. At a cost of $25,000,000, the central exposition was built, occupying fifty buildings, including The Hall of Negro Life, […]

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The E.B. Hopkins Collection, no. 9 – Family Celebrations and Texas Happenings (1937-38)

This home movie features a number of Hopkins family celebrations and happenings around Texas in 1937 and 1938. The film opens with the wedding of E.B. Hopkins’s eldest daughter, Amy, to Ted Fitch. Next, E.B. Hopkins tours the Texas Centennial Exposition in Dallas’ Fair Park, focusing on buildings such as the Hall of State, the […]

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The Railford H. Burton Collection, no. 2 – Texas Centennial and WWII Scrap Metal Drive (1930-43)

This home movie captures scenes of the Burtons throughout the 1930s and early 40s at work, on vacation, and at home. Notable footage includes a sandstorm in Andrews, Texas, a trip to the Texas Centennial Exposition at the World’s Fair in Dallas, and a scrap metal drive for the war effort in Freeport in 1943.

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Cat Spring Celebration, Ft. Bend County Farm Bureau Meeting (1956)

This footage captures scenes of a parade held in Cat Spring, Texas and the Ft. Bend County Farm Bureau Meeting in 1956. In Cat Spring, marching bands, pageant royalty, church groups, and agricultural clubs participate in the parade before a community barbecue and pageant. The Fort Bend County Farm Bureau Meeting that follows was held […]

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The Orris D. Brown Collection, no. 3 – Texas Centennial Snapshots (1936)

This film from the Orris D. Brown Collection documents notable locations, battles, and citizens that tell the story of early Texas at the time of its centennial in 1936. Intertittled to introduce each place and its significance, footage is included of statues of La Salle and Sam Houston, the Spanish Governor’s Palace and the Alamo […]

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Workman Family, No. 3 Centennial – 1958, Reunion-Bay City, Carter St.

The materials donated by Richard Workman depict the years when he and his brothers, Gerald Jr. and Sam M. (“Mack”), were growing up in Beeville, TX with their parents Gerald M. and Mary McCarty Workman. The films present everyday play scenes, family gatherings, parties, and trips to Mathis, Corpus Christi, and the San Antonio Zoo. […]

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Bell Family, 1954 Gatesville Centennial Celebration

Home movies from the Bell clan offer a great look at family life in 1950s Gatesville. This footage shows the Centennial Celebration of Gatesville complete with parade and period costumes.

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