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RIGHT: East Texas Oil Museum Docent Dee Diedering guides Douglass Elementary third graders through the traveling exhibit at Kilgore College.

Two exhibits exploring Texas’ past will close June 15 at the Gregg County Historical Museum and East Texas Oil Museum.

■ “Annexation: Celebrating Texas Statehood” is on display at the Gregg County Historical Museum, at 214 N. Fredonia St. in Longview. The exhibit tells the story of Texas as a Mexican colony and Republic, its campaign to join the United States and annexation. Based on an exhibition of original artifacts and documents created by the Texas Capitol Visitors Center and produced by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the exhibit consists of photographs of historic documents, daguerreotypes, sketches, artifacts and concise texts. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. For group visits call (903) 753-5840 or email director@gregghistorical.org. Admission is $5 for adults, $1 for children, free for children younger than 4 and $2 for senior citizens.

■ “Forgotten Gateway: Coming to America through Galveston Island” is on display at the East Texas Oil Museum at Kilgore College, located at the corner of U.S. 259 and Ross Avenue in Kilgore. The exhibit explores Galveston’s role as a major gateway for immigration as a port of entry for hundreds of thousands of people between 1845 and 1924. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 3 to 11 and Kilgore College students and employees, and free for ages 3 and younger. For information, visit Facebook or easttexasoilmuseum.kilgore.edu or call (903) 983-8295.