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[Cars and People Gathered Around the Front of a Church]

Description: Photograph of a crowd of people gathered around the entrance of a small brick church. The building has an ornately-shaped roof, two windows, and a dark, open double entrance at the front. There are several cars parked around the building. A sign that translates to read "Presbyterian Church" stands in the front. A neighborhood is visible in the background. There are power lines spanning the entire image in several different directions. There is a handwritten note on the back of the photograph that reads, "San Marcos".
Date: unknown
Partner: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

[Women Sitting in Church Pews]

Description: Photograph of one side of a small church and women sitting in the pews. The women, who are all wearing printed blouses and dresses, are looking solemnly at the camera. There is a podium with a feathery floral arrangement on top in the foreground. The front entrance doors at the back of the church are open, making a small house with windows visible. There is a handwritten note on the back of the photograph that reads, "San Marcos, Tex. All-day District meet November, 1950 A50".
Date: unknown
Partner: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

[Back View of a Row of Several Seated Women]

Description: Photograph of the backs of nine women sitting in a grassy clearing. On the left-hand side of the image, there are four women sitting on a long bench, and on the right there are five more seated on a platform on the ground. The women are facing three men, who are standing, and a woman who is sitting behind a large trunk. More people are sitting to the side and watching. The background is made up of trees, shrubs, and woodland. There is a handwritten note on the back of the photograph that reads, "San Marcos 1950".
Date: unknown
Partner: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

[Independence Day Group Picnic]

Description: Photograph of a group of Hispanic people gathered around a long piece of cloth that lies on the grassy ground. The cloth, which is light in color, has loaves of bread and many other food items spread on top of it. Several small groupings of women are gathered around different sections of the picnic. There is an automobile facing forward in the background of the image. Behind the car there is also another tractor-like automobile cut of on the far right-hand side of the image. Several men are scattered around the car in the background of the image. There is a line of tall bushes in the background on the left-hand side of the image. There is a handwritten note on the back of the photograph that reads, "San Marcos, July 4, 1950".
Date: unknown
Partner: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

[People Sitting on Benches in a Grassy Clearing]

Description: Photograph of several people sitting in the foreground on two long benches that face toward the background of the image in a grassy clearing. There is a large, sprawling tree in the middle of the composition, and several women are kneeling at the base. Several more people are hanging around two parked automobiles in the background behind the tree. There is a man sitting behind a large open trunk next to the tree. There is a handwritten note on the back of the photograph that reads, "San Marcos, 4-4-49".
Date: unknown
Partner: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

[Small Brick House with Two Front Doors]

Description: Photograph of the front of a small brick house with two separate front doors. There is a front porch with steps leading up to the two doors, which are shaded by an awning. There is a window on both sides of the porch. Large bushes and shrubs make up the grassy front yard, and the branches of a tree cover up the top of the image. There is a handwritten note on the back of the photograph that reads, "San Marcos".
Date: unknown
Partner: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

[Congregation of People Gathered Around a Tree]

Description: Photograph of a large congregation of people gathered around the trunk of a tall bushy tree. The group is facing the right-hand side of the image. There is a cluster of mostly men standing on the left-hand side of the image around the trunk of the tree and looking down at the open books in their hands. Another cluster of mostly women are sitting on various wooden chairs in front of the group of men. There is a bench and more chairs forming a circle that is cut off on the right-hand side of the image. There is a handwritten note on the back of the photograph that reads, "San Marcos 7-4-50".
Date: unknown
Partner: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

[Front of a Building with a Mexican-Style Roof]

Description: Photograph of the front of a Mexican-style building with a shaped roof. The light-bricked building has a double-door entrance with steps leading up to it. There are two long windows on either side of the entrance, and two more windows that are close to the ground. A large tree and the shadow it casts covers most of the building on the right-hand side of the image. There is a handwritten note on the back of the photograph that reads, "San Marcos".
Date: unknown
Partner: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

[Large Group of People Gathered in a Circle]

Description: Photograph of a large congregation of Hispanic men, women, and children gathered underneath several tall, bushy trees. The group is arranged to form a loose circle formation. There is a long bench with people in the foreground that faces the middle of the circle. Most of the women are sitting in various wooden chairs, and most of the men are standing behind them. There is a clearing with several cars parked in the background of the image. There is a handwritten note on the back of the photograph that reads, "San Marcos 1950".
Date: unknown
Partner: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

[Group of People Standing in Front of a Tree]

Description: Photograph of a group of Hispanic men and women standing underneath a large shady tree in the middle of a grassy clearing. There is a large opened trunk facing the group of people with a woman sitting behind it. The women are all wearing long printed dresses and skirts, and the men are all wearing light-colored suits and ties. The background of the image is completely made up of large bushy trees and shrubs. On the left-hand side of the image, there are several fold-up chairs and a man sitting in one of them. There are several heads facing the group at the bottom of the foreground of the image. There is a handwritten note on the back of the photograph that reads, "San Marcos - July 4, 1950".
Date: unknown
Partner: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

[People Sitting in a Row of Chairs in the Woods]

Description: Photograph of a row of seven fold-up wooden chairs with two young girls and two men sitting with their backs facing. In front of them, there are several women and young girls sitting in a row parallel to the chairs. There is a car parked behind the women and girls, and the background of the image is made up of bushy woodland. There is a handwritten note on the back of the photograph that reads, "San Marcos 1950".
Date: unknown
Partner: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

[Parking Lot of an Independence Day Group Picnic]

Description: Photograph of a large clearing being used as a parking lot for a group picnic. The parking lot, which is in the background of the image, is shaded by large trees scattered throughout the area. In the foreground, there is a large group of men, women, and children gathered and visiting around a long cloth on the ground that has picnic food on top of it. The people are are either standing or sitting on the grass or sitting on small wooden chairs that are placed around the picnic cloth. There is a handwritten note on the back of the photograph that reads, "San Marcos - July 4, 1950".
Date: unknown
Partner: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

[Women's Choir Singing]

Description: Photograph of a group of women standing together and singing. The women, who are all wearing light sleeved cotton dresses, are holding open songbooks. The group is congregated around an older woman sitting behind an open trunk. There is a man on the left-hand side of the image standing and looking at one of the open songbooks. Next to the man, there is a large tree trunk and another man seated and looking upward. There is a handwritten note on the back of the photograph that reads, "San Marcos 7-4-50".
Date: unknown
Partner: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

[Side View of a Building Under Construction]

Description: Photograph of the a side street view of a building being constructed. The front of the building, which is facing the left-hand side of the image, is covered in construction rafters. The side of the building, which is facing the front of the image, is made of brick and is lined with half-round windows. The wide dirt street in front of the building extends from the foreground to the left-hand side of the image. Large palm trees are visible in the far background. There is a handwritten note on the back of the photograph that reads, "San Benito, Construction of new Presb. Church 1952"
Date: unknown
Partner: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

[Mexican Church at the Corner of a Street]

Description: Photograph of a wood-slatted church building at the corner of a street and sidewalk. At the corner, the sidewalk turns and extends to the left-hand side of the background. It passes an old wooden house and a large brick church, which is also in the background. The tall belfry of the church is clearly visible among the power lines and poles that stretch across the image in several directions. There is a tall palm tree trunk in front of the wooden church that is parallel with the street lamp next to it. There is a handwritten note on the back of the photograph that reads, San Benito 1952 old & new churches".
Date: unknown
Partner: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

[Palm Trees in Front of a Mexican Presbyterian Church]

Description: Photograph of the front entrance to a Mexican Presbyterian Church. The church, which is in the background of the image, spans almost the entire width of the photograph. The main entrance and belfry, which is made up of three steps leading up to double doors, are located on the far right-hand side of the image. There are four long windows at the side of the church, and two more smaller windows at the very end. There is a path in the front of the church that leads up to the front entrance. The entire foreground of the image is made up of shrubs and brush. There is a palm tree in the foreground of the image, and several more in the background.
Date: unknown
Partner: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

[Carved Stone Sign]

Description: Photograph of a carved concrete slab inset in a brick structure. There is carved writing in Spanish that translates to read, "Presbyterian Church Organized - Oct. 19, 1911, Temple Built - 1952, J.G. Cavazos, Pastor". There is a handwritten note on the back of the photograph that reads, "San Benito Cornerstone of new church".
Date: unknown
Partner: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

[Two Cars Parked in Front of a Manse]

Description: Photograph of two cars parallel-parked in front of a small manse, which sits next to a large brick church. The manse, which is on the right-hand side of the image, has a small porch and is raised from the ground on stilts. The church, which is cut off on the left-hand side of the image, is lined with half-round arched windows on the one visible side. The is a sidewalk in front of both buildings that is parallel to the street, which is in the foreground. There are two wires stretching diagonally across the image in the foreground. There is a handwritten note on the back of the photograph that reads, "San Benito - New Mexican Presbyterian Ch. and old manse 1952".
Date: unknown
Partner: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

[Four Men Sitting Behind a Podium]

Description: Photograph of a side view of four men dressed in suits sitting on a bench on a stage. There is a wood podium in front of the seated gentlemen. Another man is standing beside the podium on the far right-hand side of the image. There is a stack of books on top of the podium, several vases of flowers on the stage up to the foreground, and a large tabletop fan pointed toward the seated men. There is a faded handwritten note on the back of the photograph that reads, "Presbyterian ceremony at San Benito. May 3, 1953, Seated: Rev. McGee, Pastor 1st. Presby. Harlingen, David L. Stitt, Rev. Charles Robinson, 1st. Presby. San Benito, Rev. S.H. Reisner, 1st. Falfurrias. Standing - Rev. J.S. Cavazos, pastor, Mexican Presby. Ch., San Benito".
Date: May 1953
Partner: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

[Mexican Church at the Corner of a Street]

Description: Photograph of a wood-slatted church building at the corner of a street and sidewalk. At the corner, the sidewalk turns and extends to the left-hand side of the background. It passes an old wooden house and a large brick church, which is also in the background. The tall belfry of the church is clearly visible among the power lines and poles that stretch across the image in several directions. There is a tall palm tree trunk in front of the wooden church that is parallel with the street lamp next to it. There is a handwritten note on the back of the photograph that reads, San Benito old and new churches".
Date: unknown
Partner: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

[Front of a Brick Church Building]

Description: Photograph of the front entrance of a brick church building. The entrance consists of an open archway with two lamps on either side of it and four windows. There are three steps leading up to the entrance. The top edge of the wall forms tapered steps up to the small belfry tower, which has a pointed roof and a small bell that is visible through the arched windows. The side of the church extends to the background of the image on the right-hand side of the image. There is a bent tree in the foreground that frames the left-hand side of the image. There is a handwritten note on the back of the photograph that reads, "San Benito Mexican New Church 1952".
Date: unknown
Partner: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

[Power Line Stretching Over the Entrance to a Church]

Description: Photograph of the front entrance of a one-story church. The entrance consists of a small porch with steps leading up to closed double-doors. There is a pillar on either side of the porch that help support the roof overhead. There is a window on either side of the entrance. One side of the building, which is facing the right-hand side of the image, has five windows lined across it. The other side of the building is cut off by the edge of the image. There is a single power line that stretches diagonally across the image. There is a handwritten note in Spanish on the back of the photograph that translates to read, "Waco, Texas Temple Annex view of the west and south Mexican Presbyterian Church".
Date: unknown
Partner: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

[Decorative Cobblestone Entrance of a Church]

Description: Photograph of the decorative cobblestone entrance of a church. The entrance, which is in the center of the image, consists of closed double-doors and steps leading up to them. The entrance is partially hidden by the two large shaped bushes on either side. The building turns the corner and continues in the background on the right-hand side of the entrance. The wall visible in the background is lined with windows. Several voluptuous bushes and shrubs are visible around the property. There is a handwritten note in Spanish on the back of the photograph that translates to read, "Waco, Texas Front of the temple. Mexican Presbyterian Church".
Date: unknown
Partner: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

[Side View of a Row of Stoves in a Kitchen]

Description: Photograph of the side view of a row of stoves in a kitchen. The stoves, which are situated on the left-hand side of the image, have a total of eight burners on top. There is an opened door on the same wall in the background. There is a handwritten note on the back of the photograph that reads, "Waco, New kitchen 1951".
Date: unknown
Partner: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary