Travel back in time with the Museum of the Gulf Coast

Travel back in time with the Museum of the Gulf Coast

The Museum of the Gulf Coast is holding an exciting event Wednesday, July 2, at which attendees will be taken on a journey back in time, according to a press release from the Lamar State College-Port Arthur.

The press release from Lamar State College-Port Arthur reads, "Twenty years ago, television viewers spent a surreal summer’s evening watching a white Bronco leisurely transport a fallen O.J. Simpson on a tour of the L.A. freeways while across the pond, the “Chunnel” connected England and France.

"Friends of figure skater Tonya Harding gave new meaning to the term 'whack job' vis a vis Nancy Kerrigan, and Major League Baseball went on a strike that canceled the World Series.

"It was a year of NAFTA, Whitewater, genetically engineered tomatoes and Jimmy Johnson winning the last of his two back-to-back Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys.

"After years of planning, fundraising and construction, the Museum of the Gulf Coast opened in Port Arthur in the summer of 1994. A time capsule was buried at the corner of Fourth and Beaumont Streets to mark the occasion.

"Wednesday, July 2, the Museum and its backers -- the Port Arthur Historical Society, Lamar State College-Port Arthur and the City of Port Arthur -- will honor those 20 years of collecting, showcasing and making history with an 11 a.m. celebration at the Museum, 700 Procter St., in downtown Port Arthur."

The time capsule will be cracked open at 11:30 a.m.

The 50-year anniversary of the State of Texas granting the city a museum charter in 1964 is also being saluted in a new exhibit “Fifty Years, Fifty Objects” presenting artifacts from Port Arthur’s past, some of which have never been displayed by the Museum.

That exhibit debuts as part of the festivities. The public is invited to attend the free event. Refreshments will be served.