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UL master students create mobile museum on the history of oil

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A mobile museum is now rolling around Lafayette to educate everyone on the history of oil.  It's all a part of the University of Louisiana's public history program.

In it's second year, the program trains master students for community involvement, but it's not only the students who benefit from the program. 

The mobile museum is on a 1954 Airstream trailer, sharing history on the go. 

"I wanted to actually put my hands on something and make a product that people can see,touch, feel and listen to," Allan Brambila a 3rd year master student at UL said. 

The trailer was transformed and created by master students in UL's history department. It took them several months to complete and the theme is on the oil industry. 

"The airstream conveys history and American history," John Troutman the Assistant History Professor said. " It shows wanting to get out on the road and the highway." 

Troutman said this gives students hands on experience on exhibit building. They group doesn't plan on pumping the breaks at the University. They plan on bringing the exhibit to other schools and events in the area. 

"By bringing the trailers to the schools, the teachers don't have to reach into their budget for field trips," Troutman said. "We can bring this to them."  

There's about 30 display items, photos and quotes from industry leaders and professionals To help educate the public more on the oil industry. 

"This could provide an opportunity to kind of step back and place in one room all of the amazing opportunities that  oil and gas has created," Troutman said. " And to also think about the real challenges we face today and as we're seeing right now in economic down turn in oil prices." 

Brambila added, " This isn't just a project for us its our states history."

The museum will travel across the state during the spring and fall semesters of 2016. Visit the groups facebook page  for more information on upcoming exhibit events.

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