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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!

Join the W.K. Gordon Center as we commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing with a presentation by Terry Edwards. Mr. Edwards served on national Disaster Mortuary Operation Team in Oklahoma City following the bombing. This is a free program on Sunday, April 19, at 2:30pm. No reservation is required. Please contact Shae Adams at 254-968-1886 or for more information.

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!

Bring out the kids for our family Night Out at the Opera House as we screen the 1933 film, Little Women, on April 25. Featuring a young Katharine Hepburn this movie offers something for kids and adults. The movie starts at 6:30pm with snacks provided at intermission.  This program is free to the public but seating is limited, so we suggest you reserve your seats today. Please contact Shae Adams at or 254-968-1886 for more information. 

Special Events

Join us for another free Museum After Dark event on March 28. Bring your friends and your own flashlight for our first flashlight scavenger hunt!  Prizes will be awarded to the teams with the most correct answers and everyone will walk away with a door prize. Do you need a ride? Transportation will be provided for free to Tarleton students. Seating will be limited so be sure to reserve your spot today! Contact Shae Adams at or 254-968-1886 for more information.