Tarleton historian addresses museum association


Tarleton State University
Friday, July 20, 2012

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Dr.  T. Lindsay Baker recently addressed members of the Association for Living History, Farm, and Agricultural Museums at their national convention in Farmers Branch, Texas. The group is the largest national organization for professional staff members of open-air history museums in the country.

Baker presented a paper on “Guiding Visitors to Heritage Tourism Sites.” Heritage tourism is defined as traveling to experience places and activities that represent stories and people of the past. Open-air history museums constitute some of the most popular of all the heritage tourism destinations.

The Tarleton historian discussed in particular the lessons that he had learned as the author of several heritage tourists’ guidebooks, including his most recent work, Gangster Tour of Texas (2011).

In addition to his formal presentation, Baker also led a motor coach tour for meeting delegates to Dallas-area historic sites associated with Texas gangsters Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker. Convention attendees saw the tiny filling station where Clyde grew up, inspected a storefront café where Bonnie Parker worked as a waitress, walked the scene where Barrow Gang members shot dead two Texas highway patrolmen on Easter Sunday 1934, and contemplated the graves of both of the gangsters.

Founded in 1970, the Association for Living History, Farm, and Agricultural Museums has hundreds of members across the United States and Canada. The Farmers Branch Historical Park in Texas hosted the 2012 gathering.

Baker serves as the W.K. Gordon Endowed Chair in History at Tarleton and directs its W.K. Gordon Center for Industrial History in Thurber.


Tarleton State University
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Contact: Dr. T. Lindsay Baker

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