Museum of the Gulf Coast, Port Arthur (Jefferson County)
PORT ARTHUR, Texas––Jefferson and surrounding counties’ residents can attend a free training workshop designed to help them capture and preserve the stories and memories of Cold War-era veterans. The free oral history training workshop takes place 9 a.m. – noon Saturday, March 28 at the Museum of the Gulf Coast. The Texas Historical Commission (THC) and the Museum of the Gulf Coast will co-host this workshop, sixth in a special two-year series around the state by the THC. This workshop will highlight the real places telling the real stories of Texas’ involvement in the Cold War, including the home front. The workshop is designed for people to learn how to conduct and record oral histories, including hands-on training with digital and video recording equipment.
Public welcome—seating is limited, please call 512.463.5833 to register
WHERE: 700 Procter Street, Port Arthur, Texas 77640. Entrance on Fourth Street/Lakeshore Drive side.
BACKGROUND: The workshop series When the Lone Star State Met the Iron Curtain: Recollections of Texas in the Cold War, is built on the foundation of the THC’s national award-winning Texas in World War II Initiative. This project endeavors to preserve the service and sacrifices of Texans during the Cold War. Funding for the workshop series was made possible through the generous support of The Summerlee Foundation of Dallas, which also helped support the THC’s Texas in World War II Initiative’s oral history workshop series in 2004.
The Museum of the Gulf Coast combines conventional and unconventional methods to tell the exciting story of the Texas - Louisiana Gulf Coast region. It is the purpose of the Museum of the Gulf Coast as mandated by the Port Arthur Historical Society to “collect, preserve, display and interpret the heritage of southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana;” that regional area defined as being bordered by Houston at its western boundary and New Orleans at its eastern boundary.