Dinner in the Stacks to feature author of Gangster Tour of Texas

Dick Smith Library Dinner in the Stacks

Tarleton State University

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Historian and Tarleton professor Dr. T. Lindsay Baker will provide tales from his latest book, Gangster Tour of Texas, during the Friends of the Dick Smith Library’s upcoming Dinner in the Stacks event, Saturday, April 20.

Friends of the Dick Smith Library will host its membership and the public during the semi-annual event which features food, door prizes and good company among thousands of volumes inside Tarleton State University’s library. This spring’s dinner program will also include a book signing with Baker.

Dinner in the Stacks opens with appetizers at 6:30 p.m. in the library’s foyer followed by dinner at 7 and a program led by Baker, professor and endowed chair of Texas history at Tarleton and director of the W.K. Gordon Center for Industrial History of Texas at Thurber.

Baker wrote the Gangster Tour of Texas as a guidebook for heritage tourists. It begins in 1918, when the Texas Legislature voted to prohibit the sale of alcohol a full year ahead of national prohibition. The book continues through 1957 and the closing of the illegal casinos in Galveston.

Among the criminal enterprises Baker discusses in his book are gangsters Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, the Newton Boys from Uvalde, the 1933 Charles F. Urschel kidnapping by Machine Gun Kelly, and the 1930s and ’40s medical fraud perpetrated by Dr. John R. Brinkley in Del Rio.

Following the dinner, Baker will be offering signed copies of his latest book for purchase.

“We welcome the community to attend and support this immensely popular Dinner in the Stacks,” said Friends of the Library’s board president Kay Patterson. “This promises to be an enjoyable evening for all, and we encourage those who plan to attend to call and make their dinner reservations now.”

Reservations should be made no later than 5 p.m., Wednesday, April 17. Tickets are $17.50 for members of Friends of the Library and $20 for non-members.

“One-hundred percent of the proceeds from Dinner in the Stacks is put toward funding Dick Smith Library projects which help provide additional resources to improve Tarleton students’ library experience,” said Patterson. “We welcome individuals and businesses to join our organization and become true friends in our mission to support the Dick Smith Library.”

To purchase tickets and RSVP for the event, or for more information about becoming a member of Friends of the Dick Smith Library, call 254-968-9474 or visit www.tarleton.edu/friends.


Tarleton State University
A member of The Texas A&M University System

Contact: Tonya Dobson

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