Gaston Museum

Gaston Museum Http://gastonmuseum.org The Gaston Museum invites you to re-visit life in the East Texas Oil Field from the early 1930's to the late 1960's.
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If you would like to visit the museum outside of the scheduled open hours, please call us! We'll be happy to meet you if we have a volunteer available.

If you would like to visit the museum outside of the scheduled open hours, please call us! We'll be happy to meet you if we have a volunteer available.

Operating as usual

Sincere thanks go out to Colby Rockey, who graciously donated his masonry services to the Gaston Museum! Colby installed...
10/31/2020

Sincere thanks go out to Colby Rockey, who graciously donated his masonry services to the Gaston Museum! Colby installed several new Memorial pavers to add to our Gaston Memorial walk. Colby comes from a large family of Gaston alumni - he is the son of Johnny and Jane Dickeson Rockey (Gaston class of ‘64) and grandson of Jim Dickeson (class of ‘33) and LaMoyne Dickeson; with several Gaston alumni Uncles, Aunts and cousins. Thanks Colby!! GO GASTON RED DEVILS FOREVER!!

10/21/2020

If you have a group of kids that need a great activity, call us for a private group tour and loads of fun. We love to educate our youth on living history and allow them a true taste of life in the early oil field. Call us at 903-722-9016 or call our Director Stephanie Osteen at 903-812-1794 and arrange your visit. Group rates apply for special appointments. We look forward to hearing from you soon. We are also looking to the holidays with great excitement. Follow us for details.

What an amazing tribute to the Gaston Legacy. Great people, lots of support and we even had visitors all the way from  A...
10/04/2020

What an amazing tribute to the Gaston Legacy. Great people, lots of support and we even had visitors all the way from Albuquerque New Mexico. David Ross (alumni) brought friends to see the transformation. Thanks to ALL that turned out for the Alumni grand opening and reunion. Get ready Public. Fri Oct 9, 10-4 and every weekend following. exciting new exhibits, special events and more to come
Barbara Brewster (left) from Baton Rouge La at 93 years old has never missed a reunion. we love you Barbara so glad you came. she shared stories with Julie Dickson Board Treasurer

10/02/2020

In appreciation of our sponsors in the community!!! These are SOME of the businesses and individuals that help us keep the history of Gaston School and the East Texas oilfield ALIVE!

Come join us at the Gaston Museum until 4 PM this afternoon for Open House.  Gaston Alumni are going to be social dista...
10/02/2020

Come join us at the Gaston Museum until 4 PM this afternoon for Open House. Gaston Alumni are going to be social distancing and gathering to visit. We have tours available so come on out!

Celebrating Our Volunteers!!!! These are some of the tireless folks dedicated to preserving the Gaston legacy and making...
09/23/2020

Celebrating Our Volunteers!!!! These are some of the tireless folks dedicated to preserving the Gaston legacy and making our Gaston Museum even BETTER!!! NEWS FLASH!!! The museum will be open as of Saturday October 10!! Come see our exciting new exhibits and renovations. Hours this fall will be Friday and Saturday from 10-4. Watch for updates on our ESCAPE ROOMS, coming soon!! 😃😃😃

Congrats to our 2020 Gaston Memorial Scholarship winners! Luke Briscoe of Henderson and Caylee Cooper of Elysian Fields ...
09/23/2020

Congrats to our 2020 Gaston Memorial Scholarship winners! Luke Briscoe of Henderson and Caylee Cooper of Elysian Fields were selected for this year’s awards. Best wishes for success in your education and careers!!

09/20/2020

We are 2 weeks away from the school come and go reunion. I am looking for photos of Dr. McClain from Turnertown back in the 30,40,50 time period. If you or anyone you know has one or a picture of his office, I would be grateful for a digital or paper copy.
If you would like a photo of your family represented and we don't already have one, please send it with information on who they are and what they did. We are preserving all of the history. Counting down to Oct 2& 3. and opening to the public Oct 9 at 10 am. Get ready for a real step back.

Thank You to the White family for preserving history through their donation to the Gaston Museum. Their son Truman passe...
08/25/2020

Thank You to the White family for preserving history through their donation to the Gaston Museum. Their son Truman passed away recently and we want to honor them for the contributions made.

08/25/2020

It is with a very sad heart the we at the Gaston Museum send our condolences to the family of Truman White. Truman was the son of Sidney White. They donated the land and buildings that are the Gaston Museum. Graveside services are Wednesday August 26 at 2:30 pm 7825 S Broadway Ave Tyler Texas

08/19/2020

Do you have any old walkman type portable cd players around? We are looking for donations of several for the Gaston Museum. There are several projects that need them and we cant seem to find any. We are a 501(3c) non profit and would love donations. call 903-812-1794 or pm the museum and we will get back with you.
Thank you
Stephanie Osteen Director

It all starts with a new canvas and the creativity just explodes    Come see what this wall turned out to be   Opening i...
08/19/2020

It all starts with a new canvas and the creativity just explodes Come see what this wall turned out to be Opening in October

Are you in this pic? Let us know
08/19/2020

Are you in this pic? Let us know

Sneak peak   Wonder what’s going on here?  Opening in October
08/19/2020

Sneak peak Wonder what’s going on here? Opening in October

08/19/2020

If you have any of these that you can donate to the Gaston museum, we would be forever grateful.

A molasses can like they used for carrying lunch to school.
Any old grocery store items from the 30's 40's 50's. Donations only,
If you have anything that was popular during those times to display, please call us to see if we need it. We are under complete renovation of all of our exhibits and would cherish your items.
Call 903-812-1794.

If you lived during the 30' to the 60's, and your Dad or Grandad worked in the oilfield, you probably lived like this. T...
07/21/2020

If you lived during the 30' to the 60's, and your Dad or Grandad worked in the oilfield, you probably lived like this. The greatest memories of My life were in a small Sun Oil Company Camp in Silver, Texas. Where kids played freely in the neighborhood with no fear, families gathered for dinner and visited with their neighbors. Ladies had coffee at each others houses and the men always came home after work to spend time with their family. If we were considered poor, we didn't know it and our values took us out into the world as kind, caring people. Turnertown, Joinerville area was exactly that after the Daisy Bradford hit. But the mighty Gaston school made every child think they were rich. If you never got to experience this life first hand, you were cheated, but come take a step back and feel the innocence and the feel of majesty from growing up in that time and place.

Great memories for Gaston alumni
07/14/2020

Great memories for Gaston alumni

How appropriate on Sunday to post yet another Church from the early Turnertown / Joinerville area.  As we celebrate the ...
07/05/2020

How appropriate on Sunday to post yet another Church from the early Turnertown / Joinerville area. As we celebrate the 4th of July in honor of Americas independence, we remember Freedom of Religion. We certainly remember that God and church were extremely important in those early years. Lives were formed based on those teachings.

Although the only remnant of this building still standing today is the old stone fireplace, this historic structure was ...
07/05/2020

Although the only remnant of this building still standing today is the old stone fireplace, this historic structure was a community meeting place for hundreds of Joinerville youth during the oil boom age and beyond. Sponsored by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, the “Scout Hut” was built in 1931 for the primary purpose of the proper growth and development of an expanding generation of youth being raised up in the East Texas Oil Field. The original flagpole, now nearly 90 years old; and the fireplace mantel, with the Scout Law carved into it by the youthful hands of yesteryear, still remain - now preserved at the Gaston Museum as part of our fascinating collection of East Texas history!! Don’t miss the experience! Re-opening this fall. Can anyone identify the boys or scout leaders in the photos below?

One of the greatest things during the depression and the early oil boom days was the presence of churches. Joinerville /...
07/02/2020

One of the greatest things during the depression and the early oil boom days was the presence of churches. Joinerville / Turnertown as small an area had an amazing choice of churches to attend Here is just one. Look at these beautiful windows. Come see our fascinating display honoring the churches in the community Open early fall

Daisy Miller Bradford
06/26/2020

Daisy Miller Bradford

Without Mrs Daisy and the land she owned,  there might never have been a strike in Joinerville    Thank you Daisy Miller...
06/26/2020

Without Mrs Daisy and the land she owned, there might never have been a strike in Joinerville Thank you Daisy Miller Bradford for contribuying to our history.

06/23/2020

Want to ESCAPE? watch for updates on the Gaston museum summer fun tour.

How about a movie under the trees? We don't have a drive in but we might have a walk up outdoor movie experience coming soon in a tribute to the original STAR Drive In / Walk In theatre. Stay tuned

06/23/2020

Imagine strolling through the life and history of your ancestors. Remember playing as a child the games of early days when children played and used their imagination. Work along side the men as they cut trees, raised their food and worked in the oilfield. Wash clothes with scrub boards, make butter from cream and see the wonderful simple but hard working lives of the 30's, 40's and 50's. Church under the brush arbor, living in an original tent house, saluting the fallen and living heroes of war in our Gaston Veterans Room of Honor are all pieces our history to explore. Hands on exhibits allow you to actually experience some of these memories.
Opening early fall for you to step back in time. The Gaston school (the largest in the world at the time it was built), along with the families, businesses and churches are all a part of the treasure recreated at the Gaston Museum. You might want to experience the sno-cones they used to sell at the Snack Shop or sit and play chinese checkers while enjoying a soft drink, snack or ice cream in the re-invented White's Snack Shop inside the exhibit building. These things and much more. See you in the fall.

Bud Daniel & Finney White SEELBACHChildren: Quitman, Bertie, Evelyn (class of 1939)The family lived on the hill across f...
06/23/2020

Bud Daniel & Finney White SEELBACH
Children: Quitman, Bertie, Evelyn (class of 1939)
The family lived on the hill across from the White's Snack Shop. You can see that in the backdrop of the photo. Do you remember this family?

Crawford Drug in downtown Turnertown. In a time when men worked hard on the oilfield and kids played outside til dark, ,...
06/19/2020

Crawford Drug in downtown Turnertown. In a time when men worked hard on the oilfield and kids played outside til dark, , I'm sure the neighborhood drug store was a well appreciated business. Can you identify the men in the photo? We don't know who they are.

The Sears family was  well represented in the success that came from living in Joinerville at the time of the oil boom. ...
06/17/2020

The Sears family was well represented in the success that came from living in Joinerville at the time of the oil boom. What a stately looking family and all boys. Some of the boys went on to serve in the military. Come look through the Veterans tribute to see if you can find out who they were.

Traylors Cafe was a frequently visited place for great meals, They were in Turnertown for years then moved the cafe to d...
06/17/2020

Traylors Cafe was a frequently visited place for great meals, They were in Turnertown for years then moved the cafe to downtown Henderson. Look at the beautiful white uniforms and how professional waitresses dressed in that time. Wow what a change.

We’ve been blessed with another new friend of the GASTON MUSEUM!!! Donna Dyess of Longview has graciously donated a beau...
06/15/2020

We’ve been blessed with another new friend of the GASTON MUSEUM!!! Donna Dyess of Longview has graciously donated a beautiful American flag for our Veterans’ Wall of Honor Room, and a beautiful Christian flag for our community history room. Thank you so much Donna for your meaningful donation!!

As I reflect on our heritage and history, one lady comes to mind. I have worked so much on our exhibits for the museum a...
06/14/2020

As I reflect on our heritage and history, one lady comes to mind. I have worked so much on our exhibits for the museum and one of the greats is Mrs. Onie J. Wade. American History and Civics. What in the world would she think today. Be sure and watch for reopening in the fall and come see our tribute to a wonderful teacher. Oh, and share your memories here, we love to hear them

The Gaston Museum is so BLESSED to have such a great partner in Lowe’s of Henderson!! They truly have a heart for their ...
06/14/2020

The Gaston Museum is so BLESSED to have such a great partner in Lowe’s of Henderson!! They truly have a heart for their community. They have graciously donated a large air conditioner unit for our authentic 1930s tent house!!!! Now we can move forward with our exciting summer family activities, to be announced soon!! Pictured here is our own Gary Dickeson with our Lowe’s friends Rinetta Stewart (R) and Nancy Sepulvado. Thanks again LOWE’s of Henderson for your continued support of the Gaston Museum!!!!

06/13/2020

Just another shout out to Ed's Glass in Henderson for all they do for our glass needs. Not only do they do great work, but generous in prices. Thank you so much for your support of History

Thanks to all those who offer their time to volunteer and keep the history alive and growing.  Look at these sneak peeks...
06/13/2020

Thanks to all those who offer their time to volunteer and keep the history alive and growing. Look at these sneak peeks at things happening. Ashley Bailey, Julie Dickeson, Stephanie Osteen, Dwight Huntsman, Chance Bailey and Gary Dickeson

06/10/2020

What if you could social distance, have fun and try and escape an old house? Escape rooms are alot of fun for the entire family and escaping from an actual house rather than a created room is even more challenging. Look for updates on the possible "Escape from the Tent House" coming later in the summer at the Gaston Museum. Many new adventures and activities will create hands on fun and education. Watch for updates...

Anybody recognize this airport hanger?  Take a stroll down memory lane and think about the old campus.   Look familiar?T...
06/10/2020

Anybody recognize this airport hanger? Take a stroll down memory lane and think about the old campus. Look familiar?
The gymnasium at the campus was an airport hanger originally. Maybe it was this one? Tell us the story if you know.

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6562 State Highway 64 West
Joinerville, TX
75652

Opening Hours

Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 13:00

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(903) 722-9016

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I just found your FB page. In 1955 my father, Charlie Boren, took a job as head football coach at Gaston HS. Our family (my father, my mother Louise Boren, me at age 5, and my younger sister Becky at age 2) moved to live on the Gaston campus. Our house was right by the bus barn, behind the football field. My dad taught PE and coached football & track, and the Gaston teams won district championships in both sports for the years he was there. (We moved to Austin in 1958.) As young as I was, I have happy memories of our time at Gaston and the school friends I had there (Ruth Duran, Lois Elaine Guytine, Mary Lou Connolly are names I still remember).
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