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The First Anniversary of the Aviation Engineer Force Activation

The First Anniversary of the Aviation Engineer Force Activation

Date: April 10, 1952
Creator: Daniel Photography
Description: Troops and spectators celebrate the first anniversary of Aviation Engineer Force Activation at Wolters Air Force Base on April 10, 1952, with Colonel A.B. Campfield, the Commander of Troops; Brigadier General H.W. Ehrgott, Commanding; Colonel Philip G. Kemp, the Base Commander.
Contributing Partner: Boyce Ditto Public Library
[Troops in Boquillas Texas]

[Troops in Boquillas Texas]

Date: 1916~
Creator: unknown
Description: Copy negative of the 8th and 14th U.S. Cavalry marching through Boquillas Canyon. All of the men are riding horses at the bottom of the canyon.
Contributing Partner: El Paso Public Library
[Room at Boy Scout Exhibition]

[Room at Boy Scout Exhibition]

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of a room at the Port Arthur boy scout exhibition in 1928. Many troop flags are hung around the room along with several American flags. Other boy scout items are placed on the floor and on tables around the room. A large archery target is in the middle of the room. A boat is to its left. Many signs and posters are also around the room detailing things important to boy scouts, such as knots.
Contributing Partner: Port Arthur Public Library
[Boy Scouts at Strand Theater]

[Boy Scouts at Strand Theater]

Date: unknown
Creator: Everett, James
Description: Photograph of boy scouts in a group outside the Strand Theater in Port Arthur, TX. According to the marquee behind the boys, the movie playing is "One Sunday Afternoon." All the boys are dressed in boy scout uniforms. Several leaders are in the picture with them.
Contributing Partner: Port Arthur Public Library
[Boy Scout Exhibition Room]

[Boy Scout Exhibition Room]

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of an exhibition room at a Boy Scout exhibition in Port Arthur, TX. The room is filled with various Boy Scout related items, including troop flags, archery stands, boats, knot charts, and geology displays. Several sea scout items are also on display.
Contributing Partner: Port Arthur Public Library
[Boy Scouts on Church Steps]

[Boy Scouts on Church Steps]

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of a troop of boy scouts standing on the steps of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Port Arthur, TX. Most of the boys are wearing boy scout uniforms. Most are also wearing campaign hats. The boys appear to be of a variety of ages. No adults are present in the picture.
Contributing Partner: Port Arthur Public Library
Map exhibiting the lines of march passed over by the troops of the United States during the year ending June 30th 1858.

Map exhibiting the lines of march passed over by the troops of the United States during the year ending June 30th 1858.

Date: November 1858
Creator: unknown
Description: Map of the lines marched to military bases by United States troops in 1858. Lines included marches up the Mississippi River to St. Louis; travels between numerous forts, camps, and barracks in Texas; similar trails among the plains and Rocky Mountain military posts; a line from New York to Havana to Panama then to San Francisco; and marches in New Mexico and Arizona, including a march from Fort Yuma to Tuscon and Fort Buchanan along the Mexico-United States border. Relief shown in hachures. Scale ca. 1:12,000,000
Contributing Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library
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