April 10, 2019 -“Georgia and Chicago”

Hello, everyone!

Today, I experienced a swift uptake of vacation footage in the Home Movie Collection. The family whose footage I am reviewing visited Georgia and Chicago. Throughout the various home movies of the past, the footage of trips like these tends to be brief. In contrast, the footage reviewed felt like a giant “I Spy” (the Scholastic book series) movie in regards to the amount of research I put into the guide. Still, the ensuing scavenger hunt provides excellent topics to talk about.

After setting up the Home Movie Collection hard drive, I resumed watching more footage. Of course, this round of films did depict its fair share of Christmas celebrations and birthday parties, an expected staple at this point. The notable “everyday” footage featured the husband of the family swimming in their pool while the family dog, a Scottish terrier, circled the pool. Eventually, the poor dog joined its owner in the pool and swam to get out (obviously not a fan of swimming). Aside from these instances, most of the films I reviewed revolved around two trips.

The first trip involved the family visiting the state of Georgia. While in Georgia, they visited the “Georgia Mountain Fair,” which featured some line dancing and other activities. In addition, the family took pictures with some striking Georgian natural features of the forests and hillsides. Of course, some man-made structures like water wheel-powered mills managed to attract enough attention for the family to photograph them.

The next site they visited interested me dearly. While the family only posed in front of the Atlanta Cyclorama and Civil War Museum, the building houses some great artifacts like the Texas (the train that chased The General in the “Great Train Robbery”). The family did film Civil War re-enactors dressed in Confederate butternut uniforms firing cannons outside of the museum instead. Other sites include the High Museum of Art and different angles of J. L. Mott Iron Works’ “Out in the Rain” at Oakland Cemetery. The last bit of footage featured them visiting the campus of Young Harris College.

The next major footage featured the family visiting the Windy City: Chicago, Illinois. The family took footage of Lorado Taft’s statue of Robert Morris, George Washington and Haym Salomon – which held the inscription of “A Symbol of American Tolerance and Unity and the Cooperation of People of all Races and Creeds in the Upbuilding of the United States.” Now that I know the identity of this statue, I previously saw this statue in Barron Richter’s donated films. Other notable Chicago landmarks include the Marina City towers, bridges on the Chicago River, a boat named “Skyline Queen” docked along the side of the river, “Defense” by Henry Hering (a sculpture that commemorates the Battle of Fort Dearborn), the Chicago Tribune building, Tribune Tower, Willis Tower during a foggy morning, the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, panoramic footage of Lake Michigan, the Adler Planetarium, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Museum of Science & Industry.

The intrepid visitors spent a lot of time at the Museum of Science & Industry. Particularly, they filmed the western building of the museum and the statues surrounding it. The statues flanked the east and west side of the building and a bed of roses laid in front of one of the sides.

The most interest exterior exhibit came from the main building: U-505. Captured in 1944, the Allies used the U-Boat’s enigma machine to crack the enigma code. The submarine almost became a torpedo practice target after the war. Luckily, Rear Admiral Daniel V. Gallery saved it by arranging with the museum’s president, Lenox Lohr, to receive the submarine as a donation. U-505 became a new addition to the museum in 1954.

Unfortunately, I did not finish watching more of this Chicago trip as my shift ended. As usual, I followed my closing routine. Once I finished returning all materials to the stacks, I bid the staff farewell and left for the day. Still, I kept the idea of finishing that footage on Friday fresh in my mind,

In review, I continued watching more of the Home Movie Collection. Among the clips included trips to Georgia and Chicago, Illinois, which tested my ability to identify landmarks. Friday, I intend to finish that footage. Until then, enjoy 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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