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The H.R. Ketchum Film Collection, no. 1 - Wedding Ceremony and Pram Parade

Laura Ketchum

Silent | 1920s

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  •  Members of the Ketchum family file out of their residence in Tulsa 
  •  A bride and groom pose for pictures on their wedding day 
  •  Parents parade their children down the street in decked-out prams and miniature floats 
  •  Ketchum children play together outside  
  •  Trip to the beach in Galveston 
  •  Tending to the plants at the Menard House 
  •  One Ketchum relative shows off a saw 
  •  Two young girls show off the eggs collected from chicken on the property 
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This home movie from the 1920s captures multiple Ketchum family gatherings in Tulsa and Galveston, from a wedding ceremony to a neighborhood parade of children in prams and floats to a trip to the beach. A portion of the footage takes place at the Ketchum’s Galveston residence, the historic Menard House. Michel B. Menard was a founder of Galveston, Texas. As land was only sold to Mexican-born Texans at the time, Menard purchased 4,600 acres on the island in 1836 through Juan Seguin, a Texas Revolutionary who would go on to fight in the Battle of San Jacinto. Menard built the home on his new Texas land in 1838, and the Menard House is now considered the oldest residence in Galveston. Menard and his descendants owned the home until 1880 when it was sold to Edwin N. Ketchum, who was the police chief in Galveston during the Storm of 1900. The Ketchum family, represented in this home movie collection, owned the home until the 1970s. The Menard House is still standing and now operates as a museum and event space.