Lamb's Printing Exhibit
Spindletop Gladys City Boomtown Museum


Grand Opening Celebration
Saturday, October 27th, 2012

Folks gathered at Gladys City Boomtown Musuem on a cold, blustery, but beautiful sunny Saturday morning in late October for the grand opening of the T.A. Lamb and Son Printers exhibit. Public invitations sent through various newspaper and television news articles, as well as word of mouth, effectively drew a crowd of about 250 people. Lamb family members, friends, as well as past employees and clients of the family business made up a majority of those who attended.

An opening blessing was provided by Reverend Byron Crocker. Opening remarks were delivered by Lamar University President Jimmy Simmons, and an official proclamation was delivered by Beaumont Mayor Becky Ames. Tom Lamb then said a few words about the brief history of building the exhibit and thanked all of those who made the exhibit possible. Museum curator Mark Osborne then thanked everyone for attending and invited everyone to enjoy the exhibit following the official ribbon cutting.

Attendees then took turns filing through the exhibit, admiring the signage and artifacts on display on the outer wall, as well as observing printers at work on the machinery itself. The printers for the day, Steven Miller, John Mills, and VJ Barranco, were busy assembling chases of set type and printing cards commemorating the grand opening for visitors to take home with them. They also enjoyed answering questions about how the equipment worked.

It was a glorious morning and truly a grand opening for the T.A. Lamb and Son printing exhibit, the first new exhibit at the museum in over 30 years. That day marks the culmination of several years of preparation, as well as a start for a new period of growth and reinvigoration for the museum under the caring leadership of Mark Osborne and Lamar University. The Lamb Family is proud to be a part of that.


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