Museum for East Texas Culture
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Museum for East Texas Culture

Rooms in this 1916 schoolhouse display artifacts and special interest exhibits, including an authentic vintage classroom, a log cabin, railroad memorabilia and much more. It is a Texas Historic Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


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In early 1916, the building currently used for The Museum for East Texas Culture introduced a new high school to Palestine. This elaborate Jacobean-Tudor style brick building was designed by distinguished Ft. Worth architects Marshall R. Sanquinet and Carl G. Staats. Note the poly chromatic brickwork and extensive use of limestone. Thoroughly modern construction techniques were used throughout. The building served as the home for Palestine students until 1976. In the early 1980’s, the building was set to be demolished, but a group of dedicated citizens fought to keep the building and preserve the town’s history. In 1982, after many renovations, it opened its doors as a museum. Inside this historic site, you can spend hours viewing Palestine and Anderson County artifacts and displays.
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