Rube Sessions Memorial Library

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Neches Journeys Exhibition

This program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Edowment for the Humanities.
  • When Mar 29, 2014 from 09:00 AM to 12:00 PM (US/Central / UTC-500)
  • Where RSML
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Featuring information about the river, the flora and fauna and the people and communities of the area, “Neches Journeys” illustrates the rich history and culture of the Neches River Basin. The Neches River served as an important 19th century transportation route, as a home to hunters, trappers, fisherman, loggers, outlaws and bootleggers and as the epicenter of the Texas lumber industry. Deep in the heart of Texas, the river basin has become a popular recreational area and has allowed towns like Diboll and Lufkin to grow into vital economic and cultural centers.

“Neches Journeys” draws on Richard Donovan's 2006 book Paddling the Wild Neches, which documents the author's solo canoe trip down the 235-mile stretch of river between Lake Palestine and B. A. Steinhagen Lake. The exhibition includes historical images, contemporary photography and archival materials from The History Center and other collections.