117th anniversary of the Lucas Gusher at Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Jan 13

Visitors in period costume celebrating the Lucas Gusher event

Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum will mark the 117th anniversary of the Lucas Gusher at Spindletop with a day packed with re-enactments, activities, craft demonstrations and entertainment on Saturday, Jan. 13, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Big Thicket Outlaws will lead the fun, performing re-enactments and demonstrations. Musical guests will be the Back Porch Friends, a dulcimer group from Beaumont. Blacksmithing, printmaking and other demonstrations will also take place. Children will enjoy crafts and games from 1901 including the game of graces, derrick toss and more. Lucas Gusher re-enactments will take place at 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. New this year will be photo opportunities with members of the re-enactment team at times throughout the day. A 1901 fashion show will also be held for visitors to learn about the clothes people wore. The language of the fan will also be demonstrated.

“Every year the volunteers and museum staff work hard to bring new things to this annual event along with making it fun,” said museum director Troy Gray. “Discussions usually center on how to bring visitors back in time to 1901.”

To get the most out of the day’s events, visitors will be able to buy food from the Beaumont Lion’s Club. Additionally, the local girl scouts will be taking orders for cookies.

Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for Seniors age 60 and over, and $2 for children ages 6-12. All visitors can receive free admission for wearing a 1901 era costume.

The museum is on the corner of Jimmy Simmons Boulevard and Cardinal Drive on the Lamar University campus. For more information, call (409) 880-1750 or visit www.spindletop.org.