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The Peggy Shiman Collection, no. 1 - San Antonio, c. 1940s

Daniel Shiman

Silent | c. 1940s

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  •  Family touring a Japanese Tea Garden 
  •  Footage of the Riverwalk taken from a boat ride 
 
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This home movie captures the Schumacher family visiting a number of sites in San Antonio where George was stationed during the second world war. The footage includes the attractions at Kiddie Park, the Japanese Tea Garden, and the Riverwalk taken from a boat.
The Japanese Tea Garden opened in San Antonio’s Brackenridge Park in 1918, converting an abandoned quarry into a complex of walkways, stone arch bridges, and a pagoda. In 1926, the city invited local Japanese-American artist Kimi Eizo Jingu and his family to move to the garden to maintain it and open the Bamboo Room, a cafe where light lunch and tea were served. After Jingu’s death in the late 1930s, his family continued to maintain the garden until 1942, when they were evicted as a result of anti-Japanese sentiment during World War II. A Chinese-American family then operated the facility until the 1960s, renaming it the Chinese Sunken Garden. In 1984, the park was rededicated as the Japanese Tea Garden in a ceremony attended by Jingu’s children and representatives of the Japanese government.