This is the fourth installment of my portrait series. I enjoyed painting her blouse, locket necklace and shiny barrettes!
Because getting dressed up for the party isn’t nearly as fun as getting silly after it. All that nervous energy has to go somewhere.
Not sisters, but not not sisters.
Work in Progress
Paint, repaint, recolor, revise…lots of work for this little piece, but worth it to get as close as possible to what I see in my mind.
East Texas Birthday Party, 1960s
Research Notes: “Ghost Story, Ghost Town”
Hopefully, you will be or were able to tune in to my 2021 Folklore in the Archives talk, “Ghost Story, Ghost Town,” covering a pivotal moment in Homer, Texas history and one of East Texas’ many ghost stories that has endured through the years. Here are a few supporting resources along with links to relevant archive collections for further independent exploring.
The History Center, Diboll, Texas
The Ruth Grant Homer History Collection, The History Center, Diboll, Texas
Portal to Texas History, The Banner, Homer, Texas
Witness Testimony: Angelina County Press, May 4, 1900 via The History Center
This information appears in episodes 1-4 of Pine Curtain Confidential Season 1, an expansion and continuation of this story.
Prohibition and Temperance in Texas, Texas State Historical Association
“In the nineteenth century a movement against alcoholic beverages arose when some Americans, appalled by the social damage and individual wreckage that alcohol consumption too often seemed to cause, sought to persuade citizens to refrain from drinking liquor. This “temperance” movement enjoyed considerable success and continued parallel with the prohibition movement.”
Prohibition Party (PRO), Wikipedia
The Big Thicket of Southeast Texas, TexasHistory.Com
“These were pioneers that were looking for land of their own and looking for privacy. They were individuals that didn’t come to join the chamber of commerce. They were people who lived off the land and whatever they crops they could raise and whatever game they could hunt.” – Dr. Francis E. Abernethy
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