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A Guide to the Echo Hill Ranch Records, 2012
Echo Hill Ranch is a family-owned summer camp located on 400 acres of hill country near Medina, Texas. Programs center on non-competitive, nature-focused educational activities and fun for children aged 6 to 14 such as camping, swimming, archery, horseback riding, and theatre. The ranch was founded in 1952 by Dr. S. Thomas “Uncle Tom” Friedman and Minnie “Aunt Min” Samet Friedman. Their descendants continue to operate the camp to this day. It is the residence of their son, Texas musician, writer, and politician Richard “Kinky” Samet Friedman. Though campers and staff of all faiths are welcome to attend, EHR specializes in serving the Jewish community by celebrating Shabbat, serving Kosher-style meals, and providing Bar/Bat Mitzvah tutoring.
The collection includes both paper and digital materials created and distributed by the Echo Hill Ranch of Texas in celebration of their 60th anniversary in 2012. There is a full color yearbook, a paper-covered song book, a CD re-mastering of an LP recorded in 1977 featuring campers and staff singing original “Bunk Song Nights” compositions, a DVD slide show featuring material from the EHR archives including photographs and camp songs, and a 2-disc DVD collection featuring 15 short silent films produced by EHR attendees between 1954 and 1967.
This collection is open for research use.
Echo Hill Ranch Records, 2012, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Keelee James, 2013.