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Arts/Historic

Our Roots Go Deep and We Remember Them

 

Ice House Museum
Silsbee is home to a rich artistic community that is interested in preserving its history. At the center of this community is the Ice House Museum at 818 Ernest in downtown Silsbee. The Silsbee Ice House, erected in 1928, provided ice to citizens and trains that traveled through Silsbee. At its peak, the Silsbee Ice House produced 30,000 tons of ice a week. In 1983 the Silsbee Ice House closed and remained unused until 1990. The Silsbee Ice House reopened in 1990, and received Silsbee’s only historical designation from the Texas Historical Commission. The museum began exhibiting work on a monthly basis. A big boost came to the Ice House Museum when the Silsbee Economic Development Corporation dedicated $60,000 to renovate the museum. Today, in addition to the monthly exhibit and reception held on the second Sunday of each month, you will find historical information on Silsbee including prehistoric rhinoceros bones that were found nearby, classes for adults and children, summer art camps, and meeting room space. Call 409-385-2444 for more information.

Performing and Visual Arts Council
In the fall of 1986 a volunteer group of educators, parents, and civic leaders launched PVAC for the purpose of enhancing arts education within the Silsbee Independent School District. Since that time, the Performing and Visual Arts Council has provided Silsbee students with many outstanding programs presented by highly trained artists and professional production companies. PVAC, as it is known locally, ensures that every student in Silsbee is provided with at least one theatre, music, literary, and visual arts program each school year. In addition to the incredible work PVAC does in the schools, there are several outreach programs as well that includes sponsoring the kid’s area at Christmas in the Big Thicket, an annual exhibit at the Ice House Museum of work created by students within the Silsbee Independent School District, and some public performances by performers visiting the school district. Call 409-385-5286 for more information.
Silsbee Little Theatre
In 1965 the Silsbee Public Library Board saw a need for a community theatre. The group began meeting in a room at Silsbee State Bank and performed its first production, You Can’t Take It With You, in 1967. The annual dinner theatre is still a favorite and sells out quickly. The annual dinner theatre is not the only program offered. There is a monthly reading held at the theatre and a summer youth theatre program.

Silsbee Veterans Memorial Park
The Silsbee Veterans’ Memorial Park offers a place for reflection and memorial to those who have served their country from Hardin County. Various activities are planned throughout the year to honor those who have served. Visit our Events Calendar for information on upcoming events.