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The Liberty County Bicentennial and Parade, Alvin F.F.A. Rodeo (1956)

Brazoria County Historical Museum

Silent | 1956

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  •  Historical re-enactors portraying pioneers, newspaper men and typists 
  •  A man reads a freshly printed paper at the presses 
  •  Plaque commemorating generals Lallemand and Rigaud, French founders of the settlement that would become Liberty 
  •  A band plays in front of the Liberty County Courthouse 
  •  A women’s choir practices in the sunlight 
  •  The parade begins 
  •  Cowgirls in rodeo regalia wait for the rodeo competitions to begin 
  •  The calf roping competition 
  •  The FFA Rodeo awards ceremony 
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This film captures scenes of the Liberty, Texas bicentennial celebration of 1956. Liberty is the third oldest town in the state, and Texas heroes William B. Travis, Sam Houston, and David Burnet all practiced law in Liberty. At the bicentennial celebration, citizens perform historical reenactments and put on a parade. Later, young cowboys and cowgirls rope calves and receive awards at Alvin’s FFA Rodeo. The producer of this film, Jim W. Keeland, was a photographer and videographer in the Houston area for sixty years. He took photographs and films for Houston's NBC affiliate, KPRC-TV, from 1948 until 1961, worked for the Houston Post from 1951 to 1982 as a printer, and was a freelance photographer of agricultural subjects.