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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 us in welcoming John Versluis, Dean of the Texas Heritage Museum at Hill College, as he presents a program on “Texan Recipients of the Medal of Honor and the Texas Heritage Museum’s Official State Medal of Honor Memorial to Native-Born Texans.” This is a free public program and will begin at 2:30pm on Sunday, May 17th. Reservations are not required. Please contact Shae Adams at or 254-968-1886 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!

Stay tuned for our next Night Out at the Opera House showing!

Special Events

Registration for our 2015 A Day in Thurber Kid's Camps is now open! Our day camp for students entering 3rd and 4th grades will be on Monday, June 22, 2015, from 10am-2pm. Campers will spend the day playing, learning and finding out what life was like when the Thurber ghost town was booming.

Our camp for students entering 5th and 6th grades will take place Monday, June 29, 2015, from 10am-2pm. Our older campers will not only explore life in Thurber with games, but will also get a behind the scenes look at the museum’s artifacts and the work of historians in our collections room. The registration fee for all campers is $10.00. 

Registration ends June 12, so don't delay! Please contact Shae Adams at 254-968-1886 or for more information.