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The Museum of East Texas in Lufkin will hold a panel discussion Saturday that will probe the cultural evolution of African American women in three aspects of life: higher education, politics and religion. Angelina College associate dean Sellestine Hunt will moderate the discussion. She wants to examine how far African American women have come, and acknowledge there are many obstacles today.

The Museum of East Texas in Lufkin will host a panel discussion Sunday about the women’s suffrage movement in Texas.

Three East Texas women, who have dedicated their livelihood to women’s issues, will guide the discussion.

Ellen Temple is a retired publisher and educator. In the 1980s, she published the first two books in print about the women’s right to vote in Texas.

Adrian Van Dellen

The Museum of East Texas in Lufkin will host a discussion Sunday about preserving the Neches River. The five authors on the panel have an intimate knowledge of the Neches, which flows more than 400 miles through East Texas. 

Stephen F. Austin State emeritus professor of English, Francis Abernethy, has penned a new book, “Let the River Run Wild!” Abernethy collaborated with Woodville, Texas, photographer and conservationist Adrian Van Dellen. The 88-year-old Abernethy says they spent nights on the Neches River to produce the book.

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The Museum of East Texas in Lufkin has turned into a mini Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the premiere of the Robert Poland Collection. The Lufkin businessman has collected musical memorabilia for nearly 60 years. Poland owns buildings in Lufkin that house thousands of autographed records, guitars and other instruments from legendary musicians who span generations – from Muddy Waters to Bruce Springsteen. Over time, Poland said he’s developed a close network of dealers around the country, never once entertaining eBay to make purchases.

A self-taught art quilter will be featured at the International Quilt Festival in Houston. Jeanelle McCall of Lufkin draws inspiration from her garden, and her palette of colorful fabric scraps originates in her clothes closet. Her quilts are currently on display at the Museum of East Texas in Lufkin.