CHEROKEE COUNTY —
The Heritage Center of Cherokee County
The center features displays of places like Rusk College (operated by the Cherokee Baptist Association from 1894 to 1928) and New Bir-mingham, the “Iron Queen of the Southwest,” located near US 69 and FM 343. At 208 Henderson St., one block south of the Cherokee County Court-house in Rusk, the center is open 10-5 p.m. Sat-urday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday, with a $1 per person admission charged. To learn more, visit www.HCCC-Museum, or call 903-683-5665.
The Museum for East Texas Culture
Located in the former Palestine High School, 400 Micheaux Ave., the museum opened its doors in 1982 and features rooms with displays focusing on Black His-tory, the fire department, the railroad and education. Hours are from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, with an admission of $4 per person.
The museum’s website – www.museumpalestine.org – offers more detailed information, or contact 903-723-1914.
East Texas Oil Museum in Kilgore
Through dioramas, movies, sound presentation and static displays, the museum gives an authentic re-creation of oil discovery and production in the early 1930's from the largest oilfield in the country. The museum is located on the campus of Kilgore College, US 259 at Ross St., and is open from 9 a.m.-4 pm. Tuesday through Sat-urday, and from 2-5 p.m Sunday. Call 903-983-8295 for admission costs, or visit www.EastTexas-OilMuseum.com to learn more.
Tyler Junior College’s Center for Earth & Science Education
Located in the former TJC Planetarium, the CESSE is a state-of-the-art facility featuring a 40-foot Spitz NanoSeam domed theater. Films currently on selection are Life: A Cosmic Story,” “The Little Star That Could,” “Violent Uni-verse,” “Tales of the Maya Skies,” “East Texas Live Skies” and “Astronaut” – show times are listed at www.TJC.edu/cesse. Cost is $6 per adult, $4 for seniors and children, with viewings Thursday through Sunday. The CESSE also features exhibits, such as “Science on the Half Shell,” on display through May 19.
The center is located at 1411 E. Lake St. in Tyler. For more information, call 903-510-2312.