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May 1, 2020 COVID-19 Operations Update

After careful consideration of Governor Abbott’s guidelines, all History Center staff returned to the building on May 1 to continue serving our patrons and researchers and fulfill the Center’s mission. Staff are maintaining appropriate social distancing, monitoring health, and continuing to clean and sanitize their workspaces and public areas.

*Beginning Monday, May 4, 2020, The History Center will begin the processes of reopening. Until further notice, the research room will be open to individual researchers by appointment. Please call 936-829-3543 or email to schedule an appointment with the Director.  Staff will also be happy to answer questions or assist researchers by phone and email. 

*Also until further notice, indoor and outdoor exhibits are closed and we are not currently scheduling any group tours.

The History Center thanks all of its regular visitors, patrons, and researchers for their continued patience and support at this time. We have been encouraged by many of our online users, and we thank them for their kindness. Staff is working hard to continue our mission of collecting, preserving, and making available the history of our region and its people while protecting the health of our colleagues and communities.


The History Center invites you to visit us in person, whether you come alone or with a group. We offer an inviting atmosphere to perform research, enjoy our exhibits, and learn more about the history of East Texas.

Our staff is happy to provide free guided tours for your group. Please call to schedule your tour at least two weeks in advance. Tours are tailored to each group’s interest and age group and usually last between 50 and 60 minutes. Highlights include interpretive presentations of indoor and outdoor exhibits as well as introductions to the research collections and the theory and practice of archival conservation. Indoor exhibits showcase Diboll’s unique history and encourage visitors to reflect on East Texas history and the challenges required for its preservation. Outdoor exhibits include a statically restored 1920 steam locomotive and 1948 caboose. Visitors are encouraged to climb aboard these exhibits, ring the fireman’s bell, blow the engineer’s whistle, and experience days of railroading past.

8 – 5 Mondays through Fridays
Saturdays by appointment with two weeks notice
Visit our Staff Page for contact information
Closed most major holidays

Admission is free

Maps & Directions

We are conveniently located on the east side of US Highway 59 in the heart of Diboll, Texas, approximately 100 miles north of Houston in the beautiful East Texas Pineywoods.

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Gift Items

The History Center has a number of popular and fun items that make great gifts or souvenirs including:

  • Pinewood train whistle
  • Wooden yo-yo
  • Wooden pen set
  • Post cards
  • Steam in the Pines: A History of the Texas State Railroad
  • Caps & visors
  • Picture frames