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Gordon Center to present an historical look at tools

Aug. 12, 2008

STEPHENVILLE, TEXAS—Dr. T. Lindsay Baker will speak in a free program at the Tarleton State University W. K. Gordon Center on Sun., Aug. 17, at 2:30 PM. In his hands-on presentation titled, “Tool Time with T. L.”, Baker will explore the creation and evolution of tools.

In the presentation, Baker will demonstrate early creations and uses of tools by chipping a simple stone knife from a larger piece of flint. He then will discuss how people continued to use their intellect to develop other basic equipment. His demonstration will also include examples that will be passed around for the audience to handle.

Tool collectors and enthusiasts are encouraged to bring their own interesting historic tools to present.

Baker has written 20 books on U.S. history, many of them related to industrial history and the evolution of technology. In addition to writing the “Building the Lone Star,” which focused on historical engineering sites in Texas, he has authored multiple works on the history of wind power. Baker has served as the W.K. Gordon Endowed Chair in History at Tarleton and as director of the Gordon Center since 2002.

Tarleton’s Gordon Center is a museum and research facility 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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