Gregg County Historical Museum holds Living History Christmas event

The Gregg County Historical Museum is presenting their Living History Christmas on Saturday. Several of the displays at the museum will come to life.
Published: Dec. 2, 2022 at 4:16 PM CST
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LONGVIEW, Texas (KLTV) - It’s a little like Night at the Museum, but during the day. The Gregg County Historical Museum is presenting their Living History Christmas on Saturday. Several of the permanent displays at the museum in downtown Longview will come to life.

Museum Director Lindsay Loy is working to get the lights on at their new giant gingerbread house display. It’s their showcase holiday exhibit this year.

“They’re lit up; they’re decorated; you can see what they are. I mean, they’re big enough for kids to get into. Not that we’re going to encourage that this time. It’s just something different for people to do and see. And then of course, this just kicks off our Christmas festivities,” Loy said.

Another kickoff is their Living History Christmas. “We have our volunteers get in costume, and they get in the exhibits and bring the exhibits to life,” Loy said.

When you walk in the museum, there will be one slick presentation from an actor playing a 1930s roughneck in front of their oil field display.

“So, you’re going to see an oil field worker, Bill Dalton, from the Dalton Gang,” Loy said.

Of course, not in the same place. That’ll be in front of the Dalton Exhibit, and then downstairs in the Caddo Exhibit they’re going to have authentic Caddo Indian face painting, Loy said.

Loy said they’ll use paint rocks that have natural color when moistened.

And back upstairs, another event will be featured. “Some of the Kilgore Rangerettes are coming in,” Loy said. That’ll be a kick!

Lindsay said people can vote on their favorite of the three giant gingerbread houses, which this year are replacing the Loblolly Train display.

But wait, there’s more!

“We were able to borrow a presidential Christmas card collection from Mr. Ronald Wade, so you’re going to see Christmas cards on the wall from the last seven presidents,” Loy said.

To go with it, a collection of porcelain figures of first ladies going back to Martha Washington will also be on display.

“So, you’ll have a little bit of a presidential Christmas this year at the museum. So, there are a lot of very different things to see,” Loy said.

But, unlike the movies, the characters don’t come to life on a daily basis. Just once a year.

Living History Christmas is Saturday only, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and it is free to attend.

Gregg County Historical Museum Director Lindsay Loy talks about their Living History Christmas event.