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Would you like to know how to care for your grandmother’s quilts? How about the tarnished silver set in the cupboard? Wondering what to do with that shoebox of family photographs? If you have family heirlooms and are interested in learning simple, practical ways to care for them at home, please join us for a free and informational lecture given by Jamie Rigsby, a fine arts conservator and museum professional. Materials discussed will be textiles, documents, ceramics, furniture, photographs, paintings, and much more as we demonstrate proper handling techniques and solutions that will help you preserve your treasured pieces for years to come. There will be time after the lecture to ask questions and discuss specific issues you may have encountered with your heirlooms.


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Conservator Jamie Rigsby opened her own private practice, Beaux Arts Conservation, in Shreveport, Louisiana in 2020. She specializes in the treatment of ceramics and glass, but works with stone, wood, composition, ivory, tortoise, mixed media, and many other types of artifacts. Jamie is particularly interested in helping small museums and private collectors care for their objects, as well as working on outreach initiatives to bring awareness to issues in preservation and conservation. She believes that today’s collectors are the museum donors of tomorrow, and wants to ensure that useful, practical knowledge about caring for artifacts is available to all. Jamie has Professional Member status with the American Institute for Conservation (AIC) and is also a member of the International Institute for Conservation (ICC).

This two-hour seminar will cover the basics of preservation and give visitors a chance to ask questions and even bring an item for discussion. 

Historic Preservation Seminar

The Upshaws of County

Line: an American Family

Join us for an informative talk by author/photographer

Richard Orton on his book and exhibition The Upshaws of County

Line: an American Family on

Sunday, February 5th at 2:00 p.m.

The exhibition will be on view

January 14th through February.

The Upshaws of County Line
Festival of Trees


Every year during the holidays the Museum of East Texas transforms into a brightly colored forest lined with rows of trees covered in festive holiday decorations. The community comes together to put on the Festival of Trees as each tree decorated and displayed is sponsored by a business, family, group of friends, or individual. Bring the whole family and wander through the festival, it's sure to put even the biggest Grinch in the holiday spirit!

Festival of the Trees opens November 21. Come join us for this glittering, annual event! Open seven days a week through January 6, 2023.  Free. 


Gala 2022

December 2nd

The Gala is an event that celebrates Museum members for their dedication and their support. Join us for a fun night of food, drinks and a mutual respect of the art displayed!  If you are not a member and would like to join, please click the button below!

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We are so sad the weather is not cooperating, but we won’t let a little rain stop the PARTY! 

Stop by the Museum on Saturday & Sunday between 1-5pm to pick up your pumpkin, decorations and some candy and take the {pumpkin party} to-go!

Pumpkin Party


Family Day at the Museum of East Texas, December 11, 2-4pm. A visit with Santa, Festival of the trees, holiday crafts, refreshments, and the Museum’s gift shop. Free.

Family Day at The Museum
Diner & Dancing
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Dinner & Dancing

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