Tarleton’s Gordon Center Awarded Relief Grant from Humanities Texas


Friday, August 28, 2020

STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Tarleton State University’s W.K. Gordon Center for the Industrial History of Texas is one of almost 200 Texas entities to receive grant funding recently from Humanities Texas.

Humanities Texas Relief Grants were awarded to 198 nonprofits that suffered losses as a result of the pandemic. Recipients include museums, libraries, preservation organizations and heritage and cultural centers.

“We are immensely grateful for the generosity of Humanities Texas and their continuing support of organizations that preserve, educate and promote our history,” said Tarleton’s Dr. Deborah Liles, Associate Professor and W.K. Gordon Chair of Texas History. “This grant enables us to continue offering quality programs to local schools during this very challenging time.”

Funds received by the Gordon Center will supplement lost revenue from admission fees, which provide funding for educational programs for area schools.

Funding for the grants is provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act economic stabilization plan.

“We are fortunate to have the opportunity to provide critical support to so many organizations across the state,” said Humanities Texas Executive Director Eric Lupfer. “Looking ahead, we will continue to seek ways to assist Texas cultural and educational institutions in surviving this crisis.”

The W.K. Gordon Center for Industrial History of Texas, a Tarleton museum and research facility in the historic ghost town of Thurber, exists to provide educational resources about the industrial history of Thurber and greater Texas and to preserve, document and interpret that history and its impact.

It is open by appointment from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays. Take Exit 367 on Interstate 20 between Fort Worth and Abilene.

For more information, visit www.tarleton.edu/gordoncenter or the museum’s Facebook page.

Humanities Texas, based in Austin, is the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Its mission is to advance education through programs that improve the quality of classroom teaching, to support libraries and museums, and to create opportunities for lifelong learning for all Texans.

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