East Texas Oil Museum is hosting a special outreach to the people who have been part of its lifeblood since the very beginning.

From 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, all employees of the oil-and-gas industry and their families are welcome to stop by for free admission to the museum, door prizes and other special activities.

“What we’re trying to do is show our appreciation,” ETOM Director Olivia Moore said, “for those who make the oilfield run … those who work in the field, they can work in the office, they can drive the truck.

“Anybody who works in oil-and-gas in any fashion is welcome to come and bring their family.”

The day will begin with remarks from Kilgore College President Brenda Kays as well as the official naming of one of the museum’s Boomtown fixtures, a figure of an oilfield worker on a truck in the center of the diorama.

The museum recently sought votes on what to name the character, Moore said. Ultimately, his moniker will be an homage to a real person, to be unveiled Aug. 27.

“The name that won was in honor of someone that worked in the oilfield for 40 years. His family is going to be there as well,” she added. “I’m pretty excited about it.

“We’re going to have lots of door prizes, we’re going to have family fun activities then everyone can tour at their own pace. All of the excellent features of the museum are going to be available to anyone that comes.”

For Moore, planning for the event and considering all those who make the oilfield function have made her even more aware of how integral the industry is to her life.

“My engine couldn’t run without oil. I wouldn’t have tires without oil,” she said, and Moore wants to thank the all the different people who make it happen, whatever their role: “I want them to be excited about sharing the experience, coming in and getting some love.”

For more information, contact the museum at 903-983-8295.

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