Dean of Texas Heritage Museum to present at Tarleton’s Gordon Center

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John Versluis, dean of the Texas Heritage Museum at Hill College, will give a special presentation at the W.K. Gordon Center for Industrial History of Texas on Sunday, May 17. (Hill College photo)

STEPHENVILLE (may 11, 2015) — John Versluis, dean of the Texas Heritage Museum at Hill College, will give a special presentation and overview of the museum’s Official State Medal of Honor Memorial to Native-Born Texans at the Tarleton State University W.K. Gordon Center for Industrial History of Texas on Sunday, May 17.
The 2:30 p.m. program is free and open to the general public; reservations are not required.

Versluis has spearheaded the Texas Heritage Museum in Hillsboro since 2005 and oversees three divisions: the Texas Heritage Museum Galleries and Collection, the Historical Research Center and the Hill College Press. He also serves as an adjunct instructor in history at Hill College. Since May 2007, Versluis has served on the Hillsboro city council and is involved in numerous civic organizations in that community.

Prior to becoming dean of the Texas Heritage Museum, Versluis served as director of the North Platte Valley Museum in Gering, Neb., and as director of the Greater Southwest Historical Musuem in Ardmore, Okla.

He is the recipient of the Doña Ana Historical Society Pasajero del Camino Real award for co-authoring Historic Architectural Styles Las Cruces, N.M.: Celebrating 150 Years. He has worked with many federal and state agencies, such as the American Association of Museums and the Texas Lakes Trails Region, and is a consultant for the Bridge Street History Center in Granbury.

Versluis received a bachelor of arts in history from Western State College and a master of arts in public history at New Mexico State University.

The W.K. Gordon Center for Industrial History of Texas, a Tarleton museum and research facility, is located at Exit 367 on Interstate 20 between Fort Worth and Abilene. The center is open to the public Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.tarleton.edu/gordoncenter or the museum’s Facebook page.

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