STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Tarleton State University’s W.K. Gordon Center for Industrial History of Texas will begin accepting visitors by appointment Tuesday, May 19.

One-hour sessions are available at 10 and 11:30 a.m. and 1 and 2:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday with a half-hour for cleaning and disinfecting in-between.

For the protection and safety of guests, staff will wear masks and gloves. Guests are encouraged but not required to wear masks. Hand sanitizer will be available at the door and in the gift shop.

Admission is half price during the reopening — $2.50 for adults, $1.25 students 5-12, and $2 seniors.

For the fifth straight summer, the Gordon Center is participating in the Blue Star Museum Program, which offers free admission to members of the armed forces and their families.

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 2,000 museums across America.

The W.K. Gordon Center for Industrial History of Texas, a Tarleton museum and research facility in the historic ghost town of Thurber, is open 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 or the museum’s Facebook page.