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Texas-Mexican Presbytery Collection, no. 3

Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

Silent | 1940s

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  •  Graduation ceremony at at the Presbyterian School for Mexican Girls 
  •  Giving out of award at at the Presbyterian School for Mexican Girls 
  •  Girls exiting from at the Presbyterian School for Mexican Girls after graduation 
  •  Girls with family after graduation 
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Filmed in the 1940s, this footage documents the graduation ceremonies at the Presbyterian School for Mexican Girls (or Pres-Mex) in Taft, Texas, with additional footage of the graduates and their families on campus.
Presbyterian churches and religious education programs, particularly in southwest Texas. As it became a focus of missionary work, the presbytery established churches, placed ministers, and disbursed support funds. In addition to establishing a Spanish-speaking department at the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, the presbytery also founded two educational institutions: the Texas Mexican Industrial Institute for Boys (1912) and the Presbyterian School for Mexican Girls (in 1924). The Texas Mexican Presbytery initially helped to support its churches and ministers with funds from the Synod of Texas of the Presbyterian Church. By 1955, however, its churches were self-supporting, and were at that point absorbed into their geographic presbyteries.
This film comes from the Texas-Mexican Presbytery Records in the Austin Seminary Archives at the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. A complete finding aid to the collection is available here: http://www.austinseminary.edu/page.cfm?p=1697.