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Community History Workshop Series: Preserving Our Past

Presented in conjuction with The Center for Texas Studies at TCU, these workshops are aimed at increasing the historical awareness of the community.  The series is designed to make the public aware of the important, yet often overlooked historical resources around them, and how to preserve them for posterity. The goal of the workshops is to prove that "every person is a historian," and that they can, by their deeds and actions, preserve a small part of the cultural and historical fabric of this region.

  • 10:30 a.m. - Noon, first Saturday of each month, Central Library, Tandy Lecture Hall.

May 3: Booze and Bootlegging in Thurber and Beyond

Presented by: Dr. Gene Rhea Tucker

Dr. Tucker discusses the important part of business and culture of Thurber, Texas; alcohol. Thurber was a coal mining and brick manufacturing center seventy miles west of Fort Worth. The Texas and Pacific Coal Company, which owned and controlled the town, recognized the importance of liquor to their laborers and appreciated the large sums of money to be made in its saloons.  Workers made illicit booze to bypass the law or to suit their personal tastes, giving Thurber a regional reputation as a drinker’s town.

A graduate of Tarleton State University and the University of Texas at Arlington, Dr. Gene Rhea Tucker teaches history at Temple College.  He specializes in European empires in the New World and the history of Texas.  He is the author of Oysters, Macaroni, and Beer: Thurber, Texas, and the Company Store.

Saloon Scene

The Center for Texas Studies at TCU is designed to celebrate all that makes Texas distinctive. It is housed in AddRan College of Liberal Arts, where various disciplines and programs can act in concert to foster and nurture the essence of Texas. History is, of course, central, but Texas literature, anthropology, ethnography, politics, religions, philosophy and design and textiles all represent elements that are a part of the incredible mosaic of Texas.

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Updated 3 March 2014

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