March 25, 2019 – “Mount Rushmore, The 1964 World’s Fair, and Story Land, New Hampshire”

Hello, everyone!

After a refreshing weekend, the vigor to continue my venture into the Home Movie Collection returned. In addition to my usual Monday responsibilities, I bid farewell to the family whose captured memories I watched for weeks and greeted a new family that donated a much smaller group of films. As I made this transition, both families gave me a test in identifying their surroundings with varying degrees of success. The rest of this post elaborates on these details.

As with each Monday, I gathered the cleaning supplies to scrub the desks of the fifth-floor study hall. I started with the furthest corner of the room and worked my way to the front of the archive office. While I managed to clean most of the desks, someone used a pen to write math equations into a desk and I failed to scrub it off. On a more positive note, someone asked for a Lysol wipe and I cheerfully gave her one. I love when people show the initiative to clean their own mess.

When I returned the cleaning supplies and fetched the hard drive for the Home Movie Collection, I resumed watching the file of a certain families trip through South Dakota. Specifically, at Mount Rushmore. The position seemed shorter than I thought: the videographer captured the George Washington sculpture from the left side (a very stunning visual, for sure), then the right side of Thomas Jefferson (with the back of Washington’s head in the background). Afterward, the family traveled further and filmed more of the Black Hills. They also encountered denizens of the Hills such as a prairie dog town (unfortunately, they did not film the rodents) and a herd of bison.

Somehow, the family trekked through Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and finally home in Maryland. The last footage of that reel depicted the family relaxing in their backyard. The final reel of their donated footage returned me to familiar grounds.

With their final donated reel, they joined two other families in the collection who visited the 1964 World’s Fair in New York City. Only this family spent a little bit more time at the various pavilions. Familiar sights like the New York State Pavilion, the General Electric sponsored “Progressland” (featured the prototype of the Carousel of Progress seen at Disney theme parks), and the Unisphere made sporadic appearances. Other pavilions seen include the Brass Rail lunch bars, the Ford pavilion, the Traveler’s Insurance Pavilion, and the Equity Society of the United States Pavilion. They also managed to film the General Motors Firebird IV concept card, too!

For the rest of the film, the family enjoyed themselves at Long Island Beach. A fitting end, this family spent a lot of vacation time on beaches. As I bid farewell, I prepared to watch a much shorter group of films.

The next family lived in Worcester, Massachusetts and spent a lot of time filming their children walking on sidewalks. When they did go on vacation, they did go to an interesting place. Originally labeled by my predecessors as “unidentified theme park” from Upper New York, the theme park featured characters and settings from classic children’s fables. After screencapping some images and using image search on Bing (Google’s worthless image search does not deserve mention), I managed to find a likely contender in Story Land, New Hampshire. Proof came after comparing a picture of a castle to the one seen in the footage.

I paused my progress to complete my second weekly responsibility of shelving books. Not a hard task, I finished my task rather quickly. Afterward, my shift ended. I saved my work, packed the hard dive, and returned all related materials the stacks.  I bid farewell to the staff and left for the day.

In review, I finished all donated footage from one family and started with another family. Tomorrow, I resume watching this footage. Until then, enjoy the rest of the evening 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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