Interior East Texas

Date: Jan 20, 2024

Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM


Stone Fort Museum 


The Stone Fort Museum will host “Interior East Texas” to kick off the Nacogdoches Public Library’s Big Read program. The event will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 20 at the museum on SFA’s campus.

The kickoff event is part of the Nacogdoches Public Library’s Big Read project featuring Charles Yu’s 2020 novel, “Interior Chinatown,” a novel that explores the themes of race, assimilation and identity. East Texans are stereotyped as wearing a cowboy hat and boots while driving a big truck to go to a football game where they’ll eat barbecue and say, ‘yall’. Any of those things may be true, but it reduces the individual living in East Texas from a complex individual to a one-dimensional character.

At “Interior East Texas”, you’ll explore as much Real Texas as you want while you embrace the Bigger than Texas story of you! Design a collage of the Real You in a poster portrait. We’ll have everything you need to craft your identity with paper, paint, and collage materials. Then, hang on to your identity and your cowboy hat while you stroll through an afternoon of Texas food, games, and music. Tuck into a Texas chili dog, play a round of horseshoes, and enjoy live music by local band, El Camino Real de Nacogdoches. The Sheriff will be on the lookout for trouble and will hand out prizes for the best costumes and trips to jail for the worst!

The event is free and will be held inside the museum and underneath a tent on the north lawn. For more information or to volunteer to help with the event, contact

This program is supported by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities