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Tarleton historian gives talks on wind power
Dr. T. Lindsay Baker Dr. T. Lindsay Baker

Tarleton State University

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 19, 2013

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Tarleton history professor T. Lindsay Baker recently addressed two audiences in metropolitan Chicago on wind power history topics. Baker, who also directs the W.K. Gordon Center for Industrial History of Texas at Thurber, has written multiple books on wind power history.

Baker spoke Sept. 13 at the DuPage County Historical Museum in Wheaton, Ill. His talk was in conjunction with a special temporary exhibit of folk art. The exhibition featured cast iron windmill weights, the subject of Baker’s presentation. The Tarleton historian explained how weights were used in the operation of American windmills and discussed their evolution over the decades.

The public library in Batavia, Ill., hosted a daylong symposium on wind power history on Sept. 14. Batavia in past decades was a center for the manufacture of farm-style windmills. Among the activities at the event was the unveiling of an American Society of Mechanical Engineers plaque recognizing wind power innovations made by several windmill manufacturers that operated in the city from the 1860s to the 1950s.

In Batavia, Baker spoke on the general history of windmills in North America, discussing in particular the importance of the wind machines that were produced in the town. Audience members attended the gathering from Illinois, Nebraska, Iowa, Michigan, Texas and New York.

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

Contact: Joe Michael Feist
254-968-9076
jfeist@tarleton.edu

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Dr. T. Lindsay Baker

Dr. T. Lindsay Baker