Upcoming Events

‘REEL Oil: Hollywood’s Oil Boom of the 1940s and 1950s’ exhibit

The Kilgore College East Texas Oil Museum is thrilled to announce its latest special exhibit, “REEL Oil: Hollywood’s Oil Boom of the 1940s and 1950s,” which will open July 2.

The exhibit will allow visitors to dive into the golden age of cinema and explore the fascinating world of oil as portrayed in classic films.

“Through the artwork and promotional materials created for the films, visitors to the museum can discover how Hollywood captured the excitement and drama of the oil boom era – from thrilling dramas to epic adventures,” said Olivia Moore, KC museum services director.

The exhibit features many examples of movie posters, insert posters and other promotional pieces. The items are on loan from Jeff Spencer, a petroleum historian and friend of the oil museum.

'BOOMTOWN BASH: Kids Edition' set for Oct. 5, 2024

‘The Boomtown Bash: Kids Edition’ will be held on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the oil museum. This event will have lots of activities for the kiddos to learn about our East Texas oil boom of the 1930s, while enjoying some fun activities. MORE INFO COMING SOON.

East Texas History Summit set for Jan. 25, 2025

The East Texas History Summit is set for Jan. 25, 2025, from 1- 5 p.m. in the Anne Dean Turk Fine Arts Center (in Van Cliburn Auditorium). This is the museum’s second annual summit to share the history of the area in hidden aspects that people may not be aware. 

More events coming soon ...

Fun Fact Info

If you guessed SUCKER ROD WRENCH, you are correct! Sucker rod wrenches were pivotal in 1930s East Texas oilfields. These tools ensured efficient rod connection, minimizing downtime and maximizing oil extraction. Symbolizing innovation, they propelled the region’s rapid oil expansion, shaping its economic landscape during this pioneering era.