March 22, 2019 – “Ocean City to South Dakota”

Hello, everyone!

I apologize for the late entry, I still plan to talk about the day’s events. Mr. Ogreten did not come in the office and, as a result, I did not deal with any side projects. My entire shift focused on the Home Movie Collection and my attempt to finish the remaining footage of the batch of donated films I recently reviewed. The footage depicted the intrepid family taking multiple vacations to Ocean City, a trip to Wisconsin, and a journey through South Dakota (probably the same trip in regards to the latter two). The rest of the report elaborates these details.

After installing the Home Movie Collection hard drive, I resumed my progress. Before reviewing the next films, I consulted the film repair logs about the contents of the footage. For the most part, the footage centered on a trip taken in July of 1969. The last entry of the grouped files (later verified in the film itself) that family visited Ocean City. As expected, I turned to the “highly promoted” search engine, Bing, to find Ocean City’s location.

Two results appeared: Ocean City, Maryland and Ocean City, New Jersey. The notes and report logs did not clarify which Ocean City the family vacationed at. My only hope remained in something like a landmark in the footage itself verified which Ocean City they visited. Unfortunately, nothing of that nature ever appeared: while some of the family sat and painted in a beach shack there, I did not find it on Google Maps (either it no longer exists or my impatience got the better of me).

The only clue that indicated the location of the beach in Ocean City came from a small stop the family made at the Wye Oak State Park, Maryland. As I watched more footage, the family visited the same beach at a later time. At this point, I conceded that Ocean Beach, Maryland seemed more logical. The family seemed to live in Maryland, anyway: the visit to Antietam and later a wedding at a Baltimore Hebrew Congregation Chapel lent support to this theory.

The next group of films dealt with a family trip to Wisconsin. The notes stated the first footage took place in Milwaukee. Admittedly, I am not very familiar with Milwaukee (or Wisconsin, for that matter) and the buildings seen in the footage. As such, I did not possess the discernment to validate the city as Milwaukee. Fortunately, the next location provided a not-so-subtle indicator of its identity.

The family left the city and journeyed to a lake and used a rowboat. The notes stated the location as Wisconsin Dells and a buoy or platform bore the name “Sunset Bay Resort.” After a quick search, I learned that the current name of the resort: Baker’s Sunset Bay Resort at Lake Delton, Wisconsin Dells. I felt satisfied over the fact I managed to confirm a location.

Afterward, the family continued their journey. Before they left Wisconsin, the family filmed a few shots of Paul Bunyan’s Cook Shanty. Still presently existing, the restaurant lies not too far away from Lake Delton and the family filmed it as they took a boat tour on the lake. After filming the restaurant, the family continued their journey westward.

The family’s journey led them into South Dakota. As they drove into the state’s farmlands, they came across the Prarie Homestead. Located at 21070 South Dakota Highway 240, the sod house represented a bygone era when settlers first arrived in the state. The family soon arrived at their next major destination: Badlands National Park. The Badlands’ unique terrain made excellent material to put on film and the videographer seemed to agree. As the bewildered children looked onward at natural beauty, the father decided to be cheeky and stand on a pinnacle before returning to the group.

In the next leg of the journey, the family visited the small town of Rockerville, South Dakota. Based on the footage, a few other tourists walked into frameto join the family. Unfortunately, I learned Rockerville suffered from lack of tourism in the 1990s as less tourist visited due to the construction of alternate highways. Many places along Route 66 suffered the same fate. In the last bit of footage, the family visited Mount Rushmore and my shift ended before I finished watching the family’s antics.

As my shift ended, I saved my work and packed the hard drive. I then returned all Home Movie Collection materials to the stacks. Afterward, I bid farewll to all my supervisors and colleagues, then left for the day.

In review, I watched footage of family vacations to Ocean City, Maryland and a trip from Wisconsin through South Dakota. I am certain that on next Monday I will finish the last of this family’s donated films and move on to a new group. Until then, enjoy the weekend and stay safe! Bye!

Author: 57r3l574d

I am currently a Graduate Student at the University of Central Florida and simultaneously employed by the university library's Special Collections and University Archives as a Other Personnel Service (OPS) Student. Expected to graduate in 2019 with a History MA - Public History Track.

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