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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 future program dates!

Come out for a great program by the Texas Olive Ranch for a unique olive oil tasting! The program will take place on November 16th from 2:00pm-4:00pm. The program is free but seating is limited! Contact Shae Adams for reservations at 254-968-1886 or We look forward to seeing you there!

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!

Join us October 25 at 6pm for a spooky showing of the 1932 fim, The Mummy, featuring horror movie icon Boris Karloff. The film is free to the public but seating is limited and reservations are requested.  Contact 254-968-1886 or

Special Events

We also host special events and programs throughout the year. This October join us for our Kickoff to College when we are inviting all local high school students and their families to meet with Tarleton representatives who can answer questions concerning college applications, financial aid, and tour dates! Admission is free for high schoolers and their families for this event.

Looking for something spooky (and free)? Love the movie Night at the Museum? Join us for our Museum After Dark flashlight tour! Bring your own flashlight and explore the Gordon Center at night. Who knows what you'll find in Texas' premier ghost town after dark! Are you a Tarleton student who needs a ride from campus? We are providing transportation but seats are limited! Reserve your seat by contacting Shae Adams at 254-968-1886 or