The Stark Museum of Art invites you downtown for Stories from Cowboys of Color: An Afternoon with Don Russell, Cleo Hearn, Myrtis Dightman, Bailey “The Prairie Kid,” and Jason Griffin on Saturday, July 28, beginning at 2 p.m.  The event will feature a panel discussion from 2-3 p.m. and will be followed with a reception and book signing.


The fourth annual John French Museum Easter Egg Hunt is Saturday, March 31, at 1 p.m. on the grounds of the historic John Jay French Museum. Bring your camera and take photos with the Easter Bunny, make a craft, tour the first floor of the French home, and of course, enjoy the egg hunt with three separate areas divided by age group. It promises to be a fun way to experience this Beaumont historical treasure. Tickets are $5 per person ages 4 and up, and all proceeds benefit the John Jay French Museum and its mission of promoting historical education and preservation in Beaumont.

Paul Kane (1810-1871), ‘Mount St. Helens with Smoke Cone,’ 1847, oil on paper, 8

The Stark Museum of Art features Paul Kane: Intrepid Artist and Adventurer, a special exhibition of an artist who overcame obstacles in his artistic quest. Paul Kane (1810-1871) wanted to record the landscape and the people of North America before they changed. From 1845-48, Kane camped and canoed across the continent, sketching in watercolor and oil paints along the way. The exhibition includes over 120 rarely seen works of art and manuscripts. It will be on view through June 2, 2018.

"eat a bug" at Free Family Arts Day

The Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET) presents its Free Family Arts Day on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Children and their families will get to participate in art activities including candy corn collages, sugar skulls, Stout sculptures, decorate trick-or-treat bags, ghost cookies, and Sense of Home paintings. Activities are inspired by AMSET’s current exhibition, Sense of Home: The Art of Richard Stout and the fall season.

Families will be tempted to “eat a bug” and enjoy folk dancing by the Mexican Heritage Society at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.


It was a different time then.
Throughout the early 1900s all the way to the late 1960s, Beaumont was booming and new faces filled the streets at all hours of the day and night. Prostitution, gambling, crime and police corruption were commonplace. Since then, things have quieted down a bit and many who saw Beaumont’s heyday have come and gone. With them went much of the colorful history of early Beaumont.
But one Beaumont police officer is working to preserve that history.
What started as a small tour for youngsters has since grown into more than just a walk down memory lane.