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- [Abilene, Texas: Downtown Abilene and the Ranch Rodeo]
This film is unedited television footage regarding events and sites in Abilene, Texas. The footage includes a female television host addressing the camera in multiple takes of narration, as well as audio of the camera crew. Includes the following scenes: cowboy boots, boot making, and repeated takes of television host speaking in front of James Leddy Boot Shop; exterior of the Grace Cultural Center; exterior and interior of the Paramount Theatre; cowboys roping cattle at the Ranch Rodeo; campfire songs; outdoor cooking; and the camera crew recording voice-overs in a hotel room. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth194005/
- [Abilene, Texas: West Texas Fair and James Leddy Boots]
This film is unedited television footage regarding events and sites in Abilene, Texas. The footage includes a female television host addressing the camera in multiple takes of narration, as well as audio of the camera crew. Events and sites covered are: the West Texas Fair’s Rodeo Parade; dancing; and the news anchor getting fitted with boots from a local boot maker named James Leddy. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth194004/
- [Addison, Texas: Addison Businesses and the Dallas West End Marketplace and Galleria]
This film is unedited television footage regarding events and sites in Addison, Dallas, and Farmer's Branch, Texas. Footage from Addison includes: an interview with Mayor Richard Beckert; shots of businesses, including restaurants, department stores, and hotels within the city; and Celestial Park. Footage from Dallas includes: musical performances, crowds, and businesses at the old West End Marketplace; Six Flags Over Texas amusement park; Interstate 35-E, and figure skaters in the ice skating rink at the Galleria shopping center. Footage from Farmer’s Branch shows: an interview with Mayor Dave Blair; women meeting at a tea room; and the Historic Park Depot. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth194006/
- [Addison, Texas: Addison Center Theatre and Farmer's Branch Folk Festival]
This film is unedited television footage regarding events and sites in the cities of Addison, Dallas, and Farmer's Branch in Dallas County, Texas. Footage from Addison includes: shots of hotels, restaurants, and businesses within the city; Noell Service and Supply Co. Cotton Gin and Feed Mill; Celestial Park; and the modern architecture of Addison Center Theatre. Footage from Dallas includes: musical performances, crowds, and businesses at the West End Marketplace; Six Flags Over Texas amusement park; Interstate 35-E; ice skaters at the ice skating rink at the Galleria shopping center; and shops within the Galleria. Footage from Farmer’s Branch captures the Farmer’s Branch Folk Festival with: songs and musical performances; historical reenactments of tradesmen and the 9th Texas Inf. Co. F Southern Volunteers of the Civil War; old method of loading firearms; and outdoor cooking. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth194007/
- [Alpine, Texas: Cowboy Poetry in the High Desert]
This film is unedited television footage regarding events and sites in Alpine, Texas. The footage covers: high desert and mountainous landscapes; interviews with locals about their trades, such as cowboy poetry and agate artistry; sites of cultural interest, such as downtown Alpine, Big Bend National Park and Museum, McDonald Observatory and an art fair; and music and dancing in a local bar. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth194008/
- [Brownsville, Texas: Gladys Porter Zoo, the Battle of Palo Alto, and South Padre Island]
This film is unedited television footage regarding events and sites in Brownsville, Texas. The video begins in Brownsville's Gladys Porter Zoo and Wildlife Sanctuary, where the camera crew films: lemurs, lions, giraffes, antelopes, tortoises, chimpanzees, monkeys, hummingbirds, gorillas, a Texas Sable Palm jungle, and flamingos. The zoo's Deputy Director Zoologist, Pat Birchfield, and the Sanctuary Manager, Rose Farmer, discuss wildlife in the region.
Next, Heritage Historian Walter Plitt lists and describes various sites of historical importance in the Brownsville area, including the Battlefield of Palo Alto, where his interview takes place. He discusses the battle which took place there--the first of the Mexican-American War--and the strategic movements of the Mexican Army, led by Gen. Mariano Arista, and the U.S. Army, led by Gen. Zachary Taylor, during the course of the battle.
The video ends on South Padre Island, and this last segment of video shows the Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway, Port Isabel lighthouse, and the resort and market activity of the city of South Padre Island. Other footage in the video includes Brownsville Museum and the Southern Lines Pacific Railroad Passenger Depot building. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth194009/
- [Bryan and College Station, Texas: Texas A & M University and George Bush Library]
This film is unedited television footage regarding events and sites in College Station, TX and the nearby Bryan, TX. There are interviews, scenes, and consultation with local people. The film's opening shots show Texas A & M University's Stark Gallery and Kyle Field, a historical collection of firearms, the George Bush Library, and a golf course. The President CEO of the Bryan-College Station Chamber of Commerce, Royce Hickman, explains how the city of College Station got its name and where the term 'aggies' comes from, in relation to Texas A & M University. The next scenes cover: a local artist signing art pieces; the Carnegie Public Library; the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History; and the vineyards and restaurant of Messina Hof Winery and Resort. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth194003/
- [Corpus Christi, Texas: Home of the Reconstructed Colombus Fleet and the USS Lexington Carrier]
This film is unedited television footage regarding events and sites in Corpus Christi, Texas. A short, edited news segment is included at the end of the video.
In the first segment, the Boy Scouts of America recite the Pledge of Allegiance on the deck of the USS Lexington carrier. Fishermen on fishing boats show their catches of squid and shrimp. Keith Arnold, the President CEO at the Corpus Christi area Convention and Visitor's Bureau (CVB), talks about major attractions of the area. The Texas State Aquarium, Art Museum of South Texas, and Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History are shown. The camera crew films two tour guides aboard the Columbus Fleet who explain the ships and life at sea to visitors. The crew films a pelican catching and eating a fish. The last segment of this film is a news clip, narrated by a newscaster for 3 KWTV Corpus Christi Eye Witness News--in this clip, the USS Lexington cooperates with the Corpus Christi ISD for a science program called 'Science Aboard Ship'. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth194010/
- [Corpus Christi, Texas: Tourists Onboard the USS Lexington Carrier]
This film is unedited television footage regarding events and sites in Corpus Christi, Texas. The majority of the film is made up of shots of the interior rooms, controls, and exterior flight deck of the USS Lexington (CV-16) aircraft carrier, a World War II warship belonging to the United States Navy. John Bowen, the Operations Officer of Torpedo Squadron in 1943, explains military life onboard the Lexington. Jerry Chipman, the ship's Executive Director at the time of filming, discusses the ship's history. Families and other people in groups tour the ship's control rooms and berths freely, and tour guides explain the helm, ship's log, aircraft, and machinery. Another segment of the video shows groups of people with pet dogs. Throughout the video there are also intermittent shots of the beach, seagulls, swimmers, tourists, a ferry, and the Texas State Aquarium. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth194011/
- [Grand Prairie, Texas: Watersports, Horseracing, and Flea Market]
This film is unedited television footage regarding events and sites in Grand Prairie, Texas. In the film, a group of men play golf, and then they are asked by the crew filming them to discuss the game over sandwiches. Groups of people play recreational watersports at Joe Pool Lake, including: parasailing, fishing, boating on PWCs (personal watercraft), motorboats, and fishing boats. The next scenes cover Louis Tussaud's Palace of Wax, horseracing at Lone Star Park, and the flea market at Traders Village. Other notable images include a wild skunk on the golf course and the freeway near the Belt Line Rd. exit. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth194012/
- [Grapevine, Texas: 1993 Grape Fest]
This film is unedited television footage regarding events and sites in Grapevine, Texas. The film covers the 7th Annual Grape Fest wine festival held on September 10th, 11th, & 12th, 1993.
At the festival the camera crew films the festival grounds, vendors’ booths, craftspeople, musicians, children and adults eating fair food, a classic car show, a grape stamping contest, and Grape Fest’s black-tie gala.
Festival visitors sample wines from the Texan wineries of Schoppaul Hill, Piny Hill Country, Ste. Genevieve, and Preston Trail. The film crew interviews Alfred Fleece, owner of Piny Hill Country Wines, who talks about the winery’s muscadine and fruit wines.
Vendors sell pewter, ceramics, local honey, children’s toys, and jewelry; craftspeople are filmed at length while in the process of bootmaking, quilting, forming clay busts, spinning pots on a clay wheel, tooling leather, and whittling; tapdancers and squaredancers perform; and a musical group plays on a stage using a zither, acoustic guitar, and tall floor drum.
The camera crew tells a man from a Texas NBC affiliate that the footage in this film is intended for a national CNBC show called "Discover America.”
The last scene of the film includes footage of Lake Grapevine, sailboats, and bicyclists. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth194013/
- [Grapevine, Texas: Airport Runway]
This film is unedited television footage regarding events and sites in Grapevine, Texas. The film contains shots of airplanes from various airlines--such as Delta, USAir, Trans World, American, and United Parcel Service--taxiing on and taking off from a runway. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth194014/
- [Grapevine, Texas: The Grapevine Opry and Historic Downtown Grapevine]
This film is unedited television footage regarding events and sites in Grapevine, Texas. The footage covers the 7th annual Grape Fest wine festival held on September 10th, 11th, & 12th, 1993.
At the festival the camera crew films: the Grapevine Opry, where a bluegrass band and country singers perform; bands playing music outdoors in the festival grounds; children and adults visiting booths and eating fair food; festival vendors selling jewelry, clothing, food, and novelty items; and shops in Historic Downtown Grapevine that sell antiques, Native American artwork, and decorative southwestern folk art.
The Texan wineries Preston Trail, Llano Estacado, Moyer Texas, and La Buena Vida celebrate their 1993 Grape Fest People’s Choice Awards. Sharron Spencer, Grapevine City Councilwoman and Grape Fest volunteer, is interviewed about the festival.
Elsewhere in the city, at Hyatt Bear Creek Golf and Racquet Club, groups of men golf and drive golf carts. Don Offill, the Associate Golf Professional of the club, is interviewed about the club’s Ted-Robinson-designed courses.
The last shots of the film include footage of local vineyards. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth194018/
- [McAllen, Texas: Home of the Texas Ruby Red Grapefruit and Square Dancing Capital of the World]
This film is unedited television footage regarding events and sites in McAllen, Texas and the nearby town of Mission. It includes footage of the Mission Citrus Fiesta of 1995, a citrus grove, and a square dance gathering.
The film begins in Mission, TX, and captures footage of the Citrus Fiesta parade, including: family groups and spectators; souvenir vendors; the Mission High School JROTC Eagle Battalion of the US Army; Mission Junior High and Mission High School marching bands, dancers, color guard, and cheerleaders all in burgundy, white, and gold uniforms; various floats advertising "Border Fest", "Citrus Fiesta '95", "Texas, 1995", Converse shoe brand, Miss Hidalgo 1995, E.R. Chapa Elementary School, and Mission Bell Resort; bald eagle and bee mascots; female pageant winners in ball gowns; and the local police.
The next segment of the film takes place in McAllen and features a citrus grove and an adjoining country store called Klement's Grove. The store sells and offers samples of citrus fruits like grapefruit, tangerines, and oranges.
Miscellaneous scenes cover: a cookout and social gathering of senior citizens; a mission bell tower; and grazing cows. Last, the film shows an indoor square dance gathering, with traditional costumes, musicians, and dance leaders. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth194016/
- [McAllen, Texas: Rio Grande River and Reynosa, Mexico]
This film is unedited television footage regarding events and sites in McAllen, Texas.
The first segment of the film includes Tony Roma’s restaurant of McAllen, a couple being filmed inside, and an interview with its General Manager and CEO, Richard D. Guerra. Guerra describes McAllen as the “home of the Texas Ruby Red grapefruit” and “square dancing capital of the world”.
During the interview with Guerra, an off-camera female crew member says that she is shooting footage for “Discover America” and mentions the show’s producer. Throughout the footage in this film, the crew talks casually off-camera while filming panoramas of the city and its town square.
The next segment of the video follows a group of senior citizens visiting sites near the Mexican border. They walk through an open air market, they approach border crossing to Reynosa, Mexico, they watch orioles and other birds at the Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park of the Texas Park and Wildlife Department, and then they leave the park in an RV.
Next, a female crewmember appears on camera and poses as a visitor to a mission, as the crew film shots of the mission interior and grounds.
The film ends at the Rio Grande River, where a man and woman push off from shore in a motorized rowboat, and a rope-pulled ferry transports passenger cars and people across the river. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth194015/
- [Mexia, Texas: Confederate Reunion Grounds and Comanche Chief Quanah Parker]
This film is unedited television footage regarding events and sites in Mexia, Texas. The film covers: the the Confederate Reunion Grounds, now a Texas Historical Landmark; recreational activity on the Navasota River; and the legend of Quanah Parker.
The first segment of video shows the Confederate Reunion Grounds, which were established in 1889. Tom Fisher, who is the Park Manager of the Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historical Park and the Park Manager of Fort Parker State Historical Park, explains the historical reenactments and mock Civil War battles that are held at the Reunion Grounds. The Historical Marker, cannon, pavilion, and Miss Mamie Kennedy's 1914 Confederate Flirtation Walk trail are shown.
In the next segment of the video, people fish, use paddleboats, motorboats, and innertubes on the Navasota River. There are intermittent scenes of oil pumpjacks and barrel-racing horseback riders.
The last section of the film shows Fort Parker, black and white photographs of the town of Mexia, and an interview with Jan Harrison, who explains the legend of Cynthia Ann Parker and the Comanche chief, Quanah Parker. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth194017/
- [Pampa, Texas: A Ranching and Industrial City]
This film is unedited television footage regarding events and sites in Pampa, Texas. At a ranch, cowboys drive cattle to branding. Visitors to the White Deer Land Museum look at period furniture, wagon parts, and arrowheads. At a military museum, a United States Army helicopter and an airplane are displayed outside. Indoors, a guide shows Nazi military knives, a P38 pistol, and other weapons to a visiting man and boy. An outdoor sculpture of a musical staff displays the opening measures of Woody Guthrie's song "This Land is Your Land". The film’s various other shots of Pampa sites and inhabitants include: the Gray County Court House, Pampa Chamber of Commerce, Pampa Fire Department, Clarendon College, National Oilwell factory, Celanese factory, Cabot Corporation plant, men performing various tasks on heavy industrial machinery, men repainting the Harris Drugs storefront, and a colony of black-tailed prairie dog clans. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth194020/
- [Pampa, Texas: "Hang your hat at the top of Texas!"]
This film is unedited television footage regarding events and sites in Pampa, Texas. The footage includes photos of Woody Guthrie, panoramas of the local landscape, recreational areas, a cowboy reciting lines to the camera, and a cook-out at a ranch house.
First, the camera crew films old photographs of Woody Guthrie and Harris Drugs at a local museum. Then footage of park, residential, and ranch lands is shot. At a park, groups of people have a picnic, and children play soccer and on swingsets. Two women birdwatch and walk along a forest trail. In a suburban neighborhood, filming covers a couple walking a dog, a postwoman delivering mail, and the exterior of a Presbyterian church. Men are filmed at a golf course on a driving range, using golf carts, and putting. Panoramic footage of open plains includes cattle, a wheat field, and an overcast sky. A cowboy on horseback delivers multiple takes of the phrases: “While you visit, hang your hat at the top of Texas,” and “Pampa, the real Texas.” Last, the camera crew films a group of people cooking and eating outdoors near a covered wagon, at a ranch house. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth194021/
- [Port Arthur, Texas: "Where the Southwest Meets the Old South"]
This film is unedited footage shot by a camera crew intended for a television show; the footage herein concerns events and sites in Port Arthur, Texas.
The film begins with footage of a marshy beach, where family groups and individuals play sports, fish and hike. In the marsh, the crew tries to interact with an alligator. The film includes other material of recreational activity, such as: people operating jetskis, rowboats, motorboats, speedboats, sailboats, airboats, fishing boats, and barges; zydeco musicians playing music to restaurant patrons; and men playing frolf and golf.
Various local sites of interest captured on film include: a statue of Lt. Richard (Dick) W. Dowling; an off-shore oil rig; local architecture, including the Rainbow Bridge; and the Museum of the Gulf Coast. In an interview at the museum, Dr. Sam Monroe, President of the Port Arthur Historical Society, describes the Port Arthur region as “an area where the Old South meets the Southwest.”
Much of the remainder of the film is comprised of footage of a carnival and nighttime parade in celebration of Mardi Gras. At this event, the crew films: carnival rides; parade spectators with Mardi Gras beads; the West Brook High School Navy JROTC and Lone Star Pipe Band of Beaumont, Texas; the parade float of the Red Hussars and Gates Memorial Library of Port Arthur, Texas; parade floats advertising "Mardi Gras 1999" and "1999 Austinaire Drill"; and drum and bugle corps, marching bands, and dancers. A brief clip of edited television news coverage concerning start-car racing begins in the middle of the carnival footage. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth194019/
- [Texarkana, Texas: Scott Joplin and "Ace of Clubs" House on the State Line]
This film is unedited television footage regarding events and sites in Texarkana, Texas. The video begins on the Texas-Arkansas state line, with the city’s two mayors. Mayor James Bramlett of Texarkana, Texas and Mayor Danny Gray of Texarkana, Arkansas are there to take part in an interview led by the camera crew. The interview footage is followed by shots of prominent sites along the state line: the United States Post Office and Courthouse building which straddles the state line and houses the Regional Arts Center; State Line Avenue road; and the building which houses the Texarkana, Texas Municipal Court and the Texarkana, Arkansas Municipal Court.
The next segments of the film cover the sites that Bramlett describes in his interview: Discovery Place Children’s Museum, and a family group exploring a sound wall there; the Scott Joplin mural, and an interview there with Jerry Atkins, Music Historian. Following this interview is footage of a Wm. Knabe & Co. player piano as it plays several songs in succession. Next, the film shows visitors viewing art inside the Texarkana Regional Arts Center; the interior of the Perot theater (with the original name “Saenger Theatre” written on the exterior); and views of the exterior and interior of the antique Draughon-Moore “Ace of Clubs” House museum, with a guided tour in the dining room that is directed by the film crew. Some municipal buildings on the state line are briefly revisited. The video ends with footage of longhorn cattle grazing. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth194022/