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Morgenthau family leisure activities at their farm in New York

Film | Accession Number: 2015.255 | RG Number: RG-60.1565 | Film ID: 4121

At the Morgenthau family farm called The Homestead - Fishkill Farms, ca. 1926, Henry III, Robert and Joan play in a pool. They play with a puppy outside. Father Henry Morgenthau Jr. and his wife Elinor Fatman Morgenthau, hold hands with Henry III, Joan, and Robert while walking outside, then play baseball. 00:01:25 Joan talks to Henry Jr. as he films her sitting at the beach in Weekapoag, Rhode Island, probably in August in the mid-1920s when visiting the Weekapoag Inn where the family rented a cottage. The three children sing. Henry and Robert on a rented sailboat called the Mahogany. The children swim in the ocean. Cows and horses at a fairground at the Rhinebeck County Fair. Robert and Henry III were active in 4H, so they each raised and showed calves and competed on horseback. Sailing again. At the ocean in Rhode Island, Elinor comes out of the waves. Joan learning to row. 4-H fair. Climbing Mt. Marcy at the Ausable Club in Essex County. Joan at the new farm.

00:05:47 Joan and Henry Jr. eat watermelon next to a stream. The children play on the exercise equipment in the yard of their new farm, Mount Hornes. Joan plays with Richard Ince, a Columbia college student who tutored the children during the summer because Henry Jr. and Elinor thought the children needed a strong male role model [he later was partner at a Wall Street firm]. Diving into the pool and horseback riding. 00:07:04 Elinor, Robert and Joan ride in a horse drawn sleigh as Henry III drives the horse and sleigh. They are with a nurse, Maude Laning, who was also a nurse for George Haas's family. Schoolboys, including Henry III. The children collect firewood and a man uses a mechanized saw to cut down a tree on the farm. Henry III and Robert ride double on a bicycle, walk with Henry Jr., and play with a dog in a street outside their farm. Good CUs of the three children. 00:09:27 At a rodeo, possibly a dude ranch in Colorado owned by the Boyer family. EXT of the Morgenthau 2,000 acre farm. Henry III, Robert and Joan sled outside in the snow, skate, and play hockey on an artificial pond on the property. Joan and her pet sheep. 00:12:22 Glimpse of sleigh seen earlier. 00:12:24 During warmer weather, the children plant trees -- they planted thousands of Red Pine during their childhood.

Event:  late 1920s
New York State, United States
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, gift of Henry Morgenthau III
Record last modified: 2023-11-07 12:22:35
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