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LUFKIN: The Museum of East has filled the holidays with activities for you and your family. The 24th annual Festival of Trees is open to the public from November 19, 2018 through January 7, 2019. The 42nd annual Member’s Gala will be held on Saturday, December 8 from 7-9 p.m. Family Day is scheduled for Sunday, December 16 from 2-4 p.m. The Museum is open for Extended Hours until 8 p.m. from December 19-23. 


This year’s Festival of Trees promises to be spectacular, as always. One hundred and sixty-two trees have been lovingly decorated with its own theme and message and trees are sponsored by individuals and businesses in the community. Visitors are certain to find a tree that delights them and becomes a favorite. Tree themes range from collegiate and high schools to professions, from traditional Santas and candy canes to an upside down tree. The display is a feast for the eyes that will delight all ages and trees range in size from 4 to 12 feet tall. Cameras are welcome. Admission is free and the funds raised from the tree sponsors are used for children’s Art Camp scholarships and special gifts to the Museum. Many thanks to our tree sponsors who make this philanthropic forest possible and our Festival of Trees co-chairs Traci Helm and Lacey Luce, advisors Suzanne Williams and Jamie Zayler, captains Ana Contreras, Blaire Craven, Fran Glenn, Mary Carol Grimes, Dianna Hale, Lauren Henderson, Tara Hendrix, Allyson Langston, Whitney Lowery, and Lyndy Vines, and the countless volunteers who lovingly decorated. Our special hours throughout the Festival of Trees are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.


The 42ndt Annual Members’ Gala, hosted by the Board of Trustees, Executive Director, Staff, and Museum Guild, is scheduled for Saturday, December 8 from 7 to 9 p.m. Upon entering the Museum, you will be welcomed by Trustees graciously offering champagne and caviar, while sounds of harp, cello, violin and laughter waft gently through the one hundred and sixty-two awe-inspiring trees. Elegant surroundings, fabulous food and decadent desserts prepared by Guild members and Friends of the Museum promise a memorable evening. Special thanks to our co-chairs Kendall Beattie and Jennifer LaCorte. This event is black tie optional.  All guests must be 21 years of age or over to attend. If you would like to join the Museum and attend the Members’ Gala, please call 936.639.4434, go to our website and click join, or visit the front desk for a membership form.  


Family Day will be held on Sunday, December 16th from 2-4 p.m. Christmas related arts and crafts will be available in the Education Room. As always, Santa Claus will be eager to hear the Christmas wishes of all. In addition, we will have two book signings. Nancy Hopkins Reily will be available to sign copies of her books, including Georgia O’Keeffe, A Private Friendship, Part 1 and Part 2, Joseph Imhof: Artist of the Pueblos, The Blue Egg: a Memoir by Nancy Hopkins Reily, and more. Charles Kruvand, author of Riverwoods Exploring the Wild Neches will also sign copies of his book. Be sure to bring a camera! Holiday refreshments will be provided. This event is open to the public and free of charge. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Family Day is made possible by the I.D. and Marguerite Fairchild Foundation, the Simon and Louise Henderson Foundation, Ernest L. Kurth, Jr. Charitable Foundation, Junior League of Lufkin, Lufkin ISD, the Museum Guild, and Museum Volunteers.


The Museum will have extended hours from December 19-23. On these dates, the Museum will be open until 8 p.m. The Museum hopes to be a part of your holiday festivities this season. 

About the Museum

The Museum of East Texas is a non-profit organization whose primary mission is education through exhibitions of art and history. The Museum is located at 503 N. Second Street in Lufkin, Texas (across from the Convention Center, near downtown). For general information, to schedule a docent-guided tour, to become a Museum member, or for facility rental information, call 936.639.4434 or visit our website at Parking is available in the lot north of the Museum. Special needs access is available at the Paul Avenue entrance. Admission is free of charge.


Contact: J.P. McDonald, Executive Director, Museum of East Texas, 936.639.4434,; or Allyson Langston, PR/Marketing, Museum of East Texas, 936.639.4434, 






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