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Tarleton museum director receives award

July 9, 2008

STEPHENVILLE, TEXAS—The American Wind Power Center in Lubbock, Texas, recently recognized T. Lindsay Baker with the Billie Wolfe Award for the preservation of wind power heritage. Baker is a professor at Tarleton State University and is also the director for Tarleton’s W.K. Gordon Center for Industrial History of Texas.

The American Wind Power Center is the largest museum of wind power history in the United States. It was officially dedicated in June 1998, but was the culmination of many years of efforts on behalf of Wolfe, who was a professor at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.

The center now contains many collections encompassing all aspects of historic wind power use worldwide and has become a major Lubbock tourist attraction.

Baker has written on wind power history since the 1970s. He has authored six books on the subject and has edited the quarterly “Windmillers’ Gazette” newsletter on wind power history since 1982.

Baker has shared technical data on historic windmill preservation with hundreds of individuals and institutions across America and overseas. Last year, Baker also had the opportunity to speak on wind power history in Australia and the Netherlands.

“This is a major recognition for me,” said Baker, who met Wolfe as an undergraduate student in Lubbock. “She was such a friend. I cannot believe that the Center chose me as recipient of an award named in her honor.”

For more information on the Gordon Center, visit The Gordon Center is located about halfway between Fort Worth and Abilene at exit 367 on Interstate 20. The museum is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and closed on Monday. For more information, call (254) 968-1886.


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