WHAT ARE WE DOING? "Voices By The Bay: The Oral History of Seabrook" is a film documenting regional, local, and family history through interviews with long-time residents of the area. Their stories, and the story of their community will be illuminated by an extraordinary collection of personal family photos and documents. I embarked on this project solo, conducting the interviews, shooting all the video, etc. but have come to the conclusion that to achieve the best results, I'll need to call in the 'Professionals'. Fortunately, I know an excellent media company who will carry this forward. So.........
WHAT IS THE MONEY FOR? The funding is necessary for the professional video editing, DVD mastering, replication and packaging. The DVD(s) will be distributed at no cost to local schools, libraries, and heritage associations, and we will host community events to view the film and share our history!
WHAT'S IN IT FOR SCHOOLS and YOUR COMMUNITY? Everyone in every town in America has a story to tell....we are all more alike than we are different. History tells us why things are the way they are, and there is a renewed interest in Oral History across the country. There is an educational component that includes lesson plans for schools to help youngsters of all ages archive interviews with their family members and help them understand what they can learn from their family history.
1800's and 1900's LIFE IN SEABROOK, TEXAS Everyone I've interviewed has one comment in common-"Seabrook was a great place to grow up!" This small town is still about shrimping, fishing, boatbuilding for work and pleasure, sailing, swimming, cool bay breezes with pelicans, seagulls and more! No one tires of the sunrises, moonrises and sunsets over Galveston Bay; this is still a fabulous place to grow up and grow old!
Among the many fascinating stories of hardship, survival, sacrifice and fun, their voices, documents, belongings and photos tell of watching crabs and water moccasins fighting it out in the swirling waters through the floors during a hurricane, summers spent by youngsters diving for pennies for each beer bottle retrieved from the channel off of Muecke’s dock, hitching up a mule team to pull those model Ts out of the mud on Todville road, flounder gigging with a lantern in the bay, looking for pirate treasure that Jean LaFitte surely hid while he was hiding out here in 1820s, the principal at an early school serving his homemade beans to the students, the “Miss Wharf Rat” contests at a very pink landmark bar, MARIBELLES, known worldwide among the space community. You could find everyone there, from astronauts, Red Adair to Willie Nelson, who wrote Bloody Mary Morning there while remembering a girl...how NASA grew this sleepy fishing town from a steady 300 population to 3000, almost overnight, beautiful huge turn of the century hotels and restaurants built on the Bayfront attracting the rich and famous from Houston who came here for the cooler bay breezes- also good for asthma patients they said.... gathering at Muecke’s Place on the channel for seafood, as well as mummies, monkeys and alligators! the hand cranked ferry between Seabrook and Kemah, to be replaced with a drawbridge, consternating sailors and drivers alike, Pine Gully Park with its huge ancient Indian campsite and midden mound, shipbuilding for the navy at Seabrook Shipyard during WWII, early large ‘working’ sailboats on the Bay delivering mail and calling out race challenges to each other, the clash during the 70 s between the locals and newly arrived Vietnamese fisherman and the subsequent movie ‘Alamo Bay’ with Ed Harris, and did you know that Howard Hughes had his own brewery and a beer called Grand Prize Beer-for a while, the best selling beer in Texas!
There are many more stories told by early Seabrook residents and we will all soon be able to see and hear them on our DVD(s) archived for future generations. This will be successful with your support and be sure to check out the great rewards we are offering!
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