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Robert Cargill Jr. will hold lecture, book signing May 21 at East Texas Oil Museum

Robert Cargill, Jr.

The Kilgore College East Texas Oil Museum will host a book signing Friday, May 21, by Dr. Robert Cargill Jr., author of the book, “The Great Texas Oil Heist.”

Cargill, whose name is synonymous with Longview’s history as well as the area’s oil and gas industry, says it took him 30 years to write the book which was published in February.

A welcome and lecture will be held at 5:15 p.m. followed by a book signing by Cargill at 6 p.m. at the museum.

The book is an account of how his father, an East Texas oilman, and others became involved in a slant-oil scandal after World War II.

There is no cost to attend the event and books will be available for purchase.

For more information, call the ETOM at (903) 983-8295 or visit

Oil museum presents Mickey Mantle photo exhibit thru June 19

mickey mantle exhibit

The Kilgore College East Texas Oil Museum is featuring the exhibit, “Mickey Mantle: Baseball Hero in Black and White,” through June 19.

“This exhibit explores his life through black and white photographs seen in newsprint and uses the original reporters’ captions to highlight this Baseball Hall of Famer’s milestones,” said Olivia Moore, ETOM director.

In his18-year career Mantle hit 536 home runs with a .298 batting average and 1,509 runs batted in.

He won the American League's Most Valuable Player three times and the Triple Crown (.353 batting average, 52 home runs, and 130 RBIs) in 1956.

In 1974 "The Mick" was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Mantle died in Dallas in 1995.

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The museum is open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, face coverings are required and all CDC guidelines will be followed.

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

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