As part of our mission to collect, preserve, and make available the history of our region for the educational use and benefit of present and future generations, The History Center uses exhibits, both on-site and on-line, to showcase some of our vast collections of documents and photographs.
Our On-Site exhibits include permanent indoor and outdoor exhibits and rotating topical exhibits.
Located under an awning and nestled among the native vegetation, visitors are welcome to climb aboard and get to know Engine 13, our 68-ton 1920 Baldwin 4-6-0 steam locomotive, formerly of the Texas Southeastern Railroad. We also have a Southern Pine Lumber Company log car and Texas Southeastern Railroad caboose number 6.
Inside, we welcome visitors into our exhibit room for Diboll: An Enduring Community. This permanent exhibit consists of 11 panels, featuring more than 100 photographs, which explore Diboll's rich past. Walking around the perimeter of the room, visitors can learn how Diboll grew from a sawmill company town to a modern community and about the role the forest products industry and the transportation industry had in making East Texas what it is today.
We periodically rotate the temporary exhibits in our lobby and exhibit room, using this space to highlight some of our interesting and valuable archival resources. Each temporary exhibit showcases a different topic, allowing visitors - both local and distant - to learn about a variety of subjects.
Because The History Center holds such a wealth of archival resources, highlighting them all on-site would be impossible. Our on-line exhibits allow us to showcase some of our particularly popular photograph collections and allow visitors to view them at home at their own pace.