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Education & Programs

Sunday Afternoon Programs

The W.K. Gordon Center hosts free programs featuring guest speakers and authors once a month on Sunday afternoons. Programs cover a variety of topics relating to Texas industrial history, Thurber and local industries. Past events have included programs by Veldhuizen Cheese Company, author Dr. Gene Tucker's book "Oysters, Macaroni & Beer", Dino-Club beekeepers, wine tastings and many more! Please check the calendar or our Facebook page for program dates!

We will continue our Sunday afternoon program series in September. Stay tuned for updates on this fall's programs!

Night Out at the Opera House

From the 1920's to the 1930's, Thurber's famous Opera House showed silent and black & white films. The Night Out at the Opera House is a free public program that features films shown during this time period. Films are shown in the W.K. Gordon's recreated Opera House located inside the museum. Past movies have included the 1933 Dracula, 1920 The Sheik, 1933 Alice in Wonderland and more! Please check the calendar and news feed for future program dates!

Night Out at the Opera House returns on Saturday, August 15, at 6:30pm! Join us for our screening of "The Cocoanuts" (1929), a musical comedy that was the first feature length Marx Brothers film. This is a free public event but reservations are requested as seating is limited. For more information or to make reservations contact Shae Adams at 254-968-1886 or

Special Events

Join the Gordon Center for a Labor Day celebration on Saturday, September 5, from 6:00-7:30p.m. Bring your own picnic to the museum grounds for an evening of fun, games, and live music by our return guest, Nick Ballarini! This is a free event and no reservations are required so bring out the kids and family for this end of summer celebration! For more information please contact Shae Adams at 254-968-1886 or We hope to see you there!