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Jefferson County
Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum
News Release
Thursday, July 07, 2011

GLADYS CITY TO HOST COMMUNITY FORUMS
Input Sought from Community on Museum’s Future

BEAUMONT – Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum on the Lamar University campus will host the first of three community forums on Thursday, July 14, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the museum’s Visitors Center meeting room to garner feedback and input from the community on a variety of topics.

“Gladys City has enjoyed much community support in its 35-year history,” said museum director Mark Osborne. “As we begin to envision the possibilities for the next 35 years, it is only fitting that we include the community in our planning discussions.”

During the forum, attendees will get a behind-the-scenes tour of the museum and participate in discussions about the museum’s exhibits, programs, events and future needs. Additional forums will be held on Saturday, July 23, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and Sunday, August 7, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Opened in 1976 as a Bicentennial project and in commemoration of the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Lucas Gusher, Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum preserves and promotes the history, significance and legacy of the Spindletop oil discovery through the recreation of the oil boomtown known as Gladys City. Fifteen exhibit buildings give visitors an opportunity to relive the boom years as they visit the barber shop, saloon, general store, surveyor’s office, blacksmith’s shop and more. Gladys City is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for Seniors 60+, and $1 for children twelve and younger. The museum also has facilities available for parties, meetings, receptions and workshops.

For more information about the forums or the museum, please contact Mark Osborne at 409-835-0823.




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