Welcome to the East Texas Oil Museum at Kilgore College, located in Kilgore, Texas. This fascinating museum houses the authentic recreation of oil discovery and production in the early 1930s from the largest oil field inside U.S. boundaries. Journey back into the early 1930s to see how people lived. Refresh your memory to the lyrics of a deep-rooted gospel hymn in the church exhibit. Get a lesson in the history of local schools. Imagine how that antique car in the transportation exhibit traveled on those rough, rutted roads. Then step across the city limits to Boomtown, USA, a full-scale town of stores, people, animals, and machinery depicting the lively activity of a town booming in oil. It's fun and informative.
The Van Cliburn Auditorium, a comfortable and intimate indoor theatre located in the Anne Dean Turk Fine Arts Center, is the primary performance space for the Kilgore College Theatre Department and the Texas Shakespeare Festival. Built in 1966, the VCA contains a flexible proscenium stage and 220 seats, including a padded bench at the back for overflow. The stage measures approximately 30ï¿½ x 30ï¿½ and is equipped with a fly loft containing 26 line sets, a center-stage trap and a stage apron built over the orchestra pit. Wing space is limited on both sides. A double door located stage left leads into the small scene shop area. The VCA has a walkable lighting balcony, and a new dimmer rack and control board were installed in 2010.The lighting inventory includes instruments from the inventories of both the Theatre Department and the Texas Shakespeare Festival.
Located on the Kilgore College campus, The Rangerette Showcase and Museum features a mechanized display of Rangerette props, a display of costumes from the spring stage show, Rangerette Revels, and thousands of photographs and newspaper clippings depicting the Rangerettes' storied history.