The Indiana University Libraries Moving Image Archive is hosting Home Movie Day on Saturday, October 18th from 1 to 4 pm at the Monroe Country Public Library. Home Movie Day is a yearly celebration of family histories recorded on film or video. Everyone’s story is important and every one is a star in their home movies.
People with home movies are welcome to bring them in to learn how to care for their important family heritage as well as watch them with family, friends, and fellow Bloomingtonians. Archivists and historians will share techniques on how to provide long term preservation for family films and videos, and offer tips on how to digitize them. Trained projectionists will safely project selected home movies for the enjoyment and education of the audience. Audience members are encouraged to talk about their home movies and share their family memories and local histories.
This year’s Home Movie Day will emphasize the films made in Bloomington by George Heighway in the 1930s and 1940s. The films are from the collection at the Office of University Archives and Records Management. These unique home movies document campus activities and scenes from everyday life. Examples of the former include football practices, college celebrations of winning basketball teams, and the Women’s Auxiliary Corp marching in uniform in front of the IMU during World War II. For the latter, there is a Christmas celebration and views of a bygone Bloomington.
Home movies on 8mm, Super 8, 16mm, VHS, and DVD will be accepted.
Home Movie Day is free and open to all. Bring your home movies or just bring yourself.
For more information on Home Movie Day or the IU Libraries Moving Image Archive, please send emails to iulmia at indiana dot edu or call 812-855-2523.
Images: Stills from home movies by George “Dixie” Heighway in the 30s and early 40s, who was the IU Alumni Secretary and former director of the IU Foundation.