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The statue of the Farnese Hercules, in the main lobby; five of the six panels telling the story of H.J. Lutcher Stark and a painting of H.J. Lutcher Stark are visible on the left.

Stark Center Lobby

The Stark Center Lobby is an open hall welcoming visitors and orienting them to the facility and its collections. An...

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The Reading Room featuring a large wooden table; four of the Battle Cast statues, on loan from the Blanton Museum of Art, are also visible.

Stark Center Reading Room

The Reading Room of the Stark Center library is filled with large, comfortable chairs as only a prodigious academic and...

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Eleven photographs of Stark Center co-founder Terry Todd, including one of Todd with wrestler and strongman Mark Henry, in the He Liked Big Things Gallery, in the main lobby.

He Liked Big Things

Terry Todd was a man of many talents and grand visions. As a fifth-generation Texan he loved his family; Austin,...

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A display case, an old football locker belonging to former University of Texas football player Ricky Williams, and fourteen photographs, inlcuding one of former Texas football player Earl Campbell, in the Coaching Greatness Gallery.

Coaching Greatness

In 1956, the Texas Longhorn football team recorded one win and nine losses, its worst ever season. That December, Darrell...

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Thirteen photographs and a plaque illustrating the story of H.J. Lutcher Stark, Clyde Littlefield, and the undefeated 1914 Texas Longhorn football team, in the 1914: A Perfect Season Gallery.

1914: A Perfect Season

1914: A Perfect Season is open at the H.J. Lutcher Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports. We welcome you to...

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Twelve photographs, including five featuring bodybuilder and handbalancer Pudgy Stockton, with one of Stockton and bodybuilder Steve Reeves, and another Pudgy handbalancing with her husband Les, in the Muscle Beach Gallery, in the Joe and Betty Weider Museum of Physical Culture.

Muscle Beach

The pioneers of what came to be known as Muscle Beach – people like Les and Pudgy Stockton, Russ Saunders,...

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Five photographs of strong men and strong women, including a center one of wrestler and strongman Mark Henry's hand, and another of Stark Center co-founders Jan and Terry Todd (in the upper left), in the Strong Men, Strong Women Gallery.

Strong Men, Strong Women

The golden age of professional strength performers – both men and women – lasted from approximately 1890 to 1930. A...

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