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The E.B. Hopkins Collection, no. 14 - Trip to Curaçao, Venezuela, and Haiti (1927)

Hamon Arts Library - SMU

Silent | 1927

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  •  Sightseeing in and around the island nation of Curaçao 
  •  Visiting an ostrich farm 
  •  Touring Puerto Cabello, Venezuela 
  •  En route to New York, the Hopkins lounge and play on deck 
  •  Stopping in Port au Prince, Haiti along the way 
 
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In this home movie from 1927, the Hopkins family travels to the Caribbean region, visiting Curaçao, Venezuela, and Haiti. During their vacation, the family tours the cities of Willemstad and Caracas Bay in Curaçao before journeying to Puerto Cabello in Venezuela. From there, the Hopkinses board a steamer ship, the S.S. Oranje-Nassau, to take them back to New York. On the way, they stop in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and see the local sites.
Petroleum geologist and oilman Edwin Butcher Hopkins was born to Andrew Delmar and Delia (Butcher) Hopkins in Evans, West Virginia on October 25, 1882. He attended the University of West Virginia, George Washington University, and Cornell University before beginning work in the geological department of the Mexican-Eagle Oil Company. He was married to Amy Myrtilla Longcope Hopkins of Lampasas, Texas in 1913 at a wedding in Dallas. After several years of work with Mexican-Eagle and rising to the rank of field superintendent in charge of production and exploration in Mexico, Hopkins moved to Washington, D.C. in 1916 to begin consulting work as a geologist and petroleum engineer. Hopkins moved to Dallas in 1929 with his wife and young family to establish his home and permanent office, and he began work with the Petroleum Finance Corporation of Texas, the Drilling and Exploration Company, Inc., the Highland Oil Company, and the American Maracaibo Company. Hopkins also served as vice president of the American Petroleum Geological Association and as a member of the American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers. He was a trustee of the Dallas Art Museum, the Dallas Public Library, and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Hopkins wrote many technical papers about his discoveries and work as a petroleum engineer and geologist, distinguishing himself within his field. He and his wife had five children: Amy (who went by Mimi), Jane, Louise, Madeline, and Edwin, Jr. E.B. Hopkins died in Dallas on July 5, 1940.