From the bright Hall of Heroes, visitors enter a room in the north wing where the dark, rich wood paneling of the East Texas sweet gum tree creates a mood of serenity. The two murals in this room are by Olin Travis, a native Dallas artist, whose assignment in 1936 was simply to paint “East Texas of Today, Before and After the Discovery of Oil.”

In addition to these colorful murals, we are greeted by more of Polly Smith’s beautiful photographs, depicting East Texas lifestyles. They line the paneled walls of the East Texas Room.