Exhibits

The History Center uses exhibits, both on-site and on-line, to showcase some of our vast collections of documents and photographs.

The Temples in Texarkana

The Temples in Texarkana

Texarkana, in its heyday, was home to great wealth and powerful families and industries that influenced the economies of at least four states.  The Temple family, led by patriarch Thomas Lewis Latane Temple, was one of the families that made their mark on the city and was, in turn, marked by the city and their neighbors. Southern Pine Lumber Company and Temple Lumber Company were run from offices in Texarkana for nearly 60 years and the family’s life revolved around business, church, family, and society, all located in Texarkana. Although the third generation of the family in 1951 moved the business, and therefore the family, to Angelina County, Texas – where the products were made and the majority of the employees worked and lived from the beginning--Texarkana would always be the place where the tone for business, family life, and philanthropy was set.