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Registration underway for East Texas History Summit set for Jan. 20 – hosted by KC’s East Texas Oil Museum

The Kilgore College East Texas Oil Museum will host The East Texas History Summit on Saturday Jan. 20, 2024.


Registration is underway at Tickets are free, but registration is required.

The summit, made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, will include breakout sessions that will unravel the rich tapestry of our region’s vibrant past.

Registration and seating are set for 8 a.m. with the summit beginning at 8:30 a.m. in Van Cliburn Auditorium on the Kilgore campus.

Breakout sessions will include:

Legacy of Learning: East Texas Rural Schoolhouses:

  • Cynthia Matlock shares insights on East Texas Rural Schools in Cherokee County


Drilling Deeper: The East Texas Oil Boom’s Wide-Ranging Impact:

  • Jeff Spencer from the Petroleum History Institute will delve into the Legacy of Jack Nolan.
  • Michael Jimerson will explore law and order during the 1930s.


Coming to Texas as Enslaved People: One Family’s Journey:

  • By Greg Muckelroy, an Independent Historian


East Texas’ Cattle Past:

  • Dr. Perky Beisel of Stephen F. Austin State University will talk about the Cattle Dipping Vats of East Texas.


The summit will conclude with a final Q&A session with presenters and closing remarks, followed at 12:30 p.m. with a light lunch at the oil museum.

The museum’s hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information or to schedule a group tour, call the ETOM at (903) 983-8295 or visit



Chris Craddock

Associate Director of Communications & Public Relations


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