Today, if you were seated at a local sporting event, among enthusiastic fans, you wouldn't be surprised to see somebody recording the game on their hand held device, in fact, you might expect it. In the modern era of smart phones, where filming a video is as easy as sending a text message, it's hard to imagine the novelty of home movies.
Next month our "Hometown Teams" exhibit will travel to Wake Forest, North Carolina where Dr. Charles S. Black recorded sporting events as early as the 1940s. Dr. Black was a professor and department chair at Wake Forest College, but in his leisure time he enjoyed photography and filmmaking. Though companies like Kodak made consumer-friendly film formats as early as the 1930s, home movies weren't popular for many Americans until after WWII. Dr. Black's films provide a great glimpse into the past of a local sports team, but they also offer an important historical perspective on the interesting hobby of home movie making.
Below you can see three films Dr. Black recorded at Wake Forest College before its eventual relocation to Winston Salem, North Carolina. The Museum on Main Street exhibit will be featured at Wake Forest Historical Museum April 18 - May 31.