April 12, 2019 – “From Chicago to Louisiana”

Hello, everyone!

While reviewing the Home Movie Collection, sometimes unexpected content appears that forces me to question just why my predecessors left so much of the guide blank. Not to be disrespectful, I am merely shocked at the amount of overlooked content not mentioned in the guide. My viewing of the films today reinforced this! Of course, I needed to settle my Friday responsibilities first.

Upon entering the office in the morning, I checked the stacks to see if any books rested on the shelving cart for me to return. Indeed, some materials needed to be shelved and, to my surprise, the majority of them belonged to the University Archives. After returning the lone publication to its rightful place in the Special Collections, I gathered the remainder and headed to the first floor. I rarely return materials to the University Archives, so I needed to re-familiarize myself with the classifications of the materials. I eventually did after some trial and error.

With the reshelving done, I returned to the fifth-floor and retrieved the Home Movie Collection hard drive. Due to my colleagues occupying most of the computers in the office, I chose a computer that continues to be a pain to plug the hard drive into. After crawling to insert the cables into the electric power strip. Once set up, I immediately resumed from where I last left off.

The remaining footage of this particular family’s visit to Chicago featured the Wrigley Building (especially it’s clock tower),  Edward McCartan‘s “Dream Lady” (a memorial dedicated to Eugene Field), and Navy Pier. A popular attraction, Navy Pier looked like Chicago’s answer to New York’s Coney Island. Certainly, enough attractions warranted that distinction.

After Navy Pier, the footage shifted unexpectedly to New Orleans, Louisiana. Apparently, the couple went to the city to see the 1984 World’s Fair. Among the exhibits, the fair included a simulated exhibit of Venice, Italy (complete with gondolas being steered through some waterways). Around the same time, the couple visited the Louisiana State Museum which featured a special exhibit called “The Sun King.” With permission from the Louvre, artifacts related King Louis XIV of France made a temporary residence at the Louisiana State Museum May 12 to November 11, 1984.

The couple also spent time in the Jackson Quarter of the city. There, they mostly took pictures next to various fountains and some of them featured ornate plant decoration. Most notably of these fountains include the one in front of the Café du Monde, one of New Orleans’ premier coffee shops. Also, they filmed themselves in front of Clark Mills’ statue of Andrew Jackson (for some reason, they only pictured the inscription on its base). Overall, the guide gave no indication of this trip and trip provided a nice surprise.

I entered the final sets of films with this particular family and they mostly consisted of Christmas celebrations (no birthday parties this time around). Three Christmas celebrations in a row! Luckily, the final film featured the family dog, a Scottish terrier named Kirk. Whether playing fetch with a frisbee, going for a walk, or running around the yard, Kirk displayed all the signs of a lovable dog, even if he drank from the pool.

Alas, my shift ended as I began watching a new set of films from a different donor. I sat through a short Tarzan fan film that the donor and his friends made in Bithlo, Florida before I noticed that my departure time arrived (forgive the oxymoron). Despite navigating through how I initially plugged in everything, I managed to pack the hard drive (after saving my work, of course) and return all related materials to the stacks. Afterward, I bid farewell to the staff and left for the day.

In review, I finished another set of donated films after some unexpected footage surfaced. Next week, I resume with a new set of films and I expect things to go smoother than the previous set. 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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