Stark Center reopens for the New Year

January 3, 2018

The Stark Center has re-opened for 2018. We are here 9am – 5pm, Monday-Friday. We look forward to a new year and new semester.

Stark Center Open for the New Year

December 14, 2017

The Stark Center is back to normal hours; we’re here 9am – 5pm, Monday-Friday.  We look forward to a new year and new semester!

Stark to be Closed Friday, June 23rd

June 19, 2017

The Stark Center will be closed Friday, June 23rd for the day due to Faculty and Staff meetings. We will return to regular operation hours Monday, June 26th.

Stark Closing Friday, April 28th @ Noon

April 28, 2017

The Stark Center is Closing at 12:00pm Friday, April 28th for a private event.

Stark Closed until 2:00pm Tuesday, April 25th

April 18, 2017

The Stark Center will be closed from 11:00am until 2:00pm on the 25th for an event.

Stark Closed Until 1:30pm Tuesday, March 28th

March 23, 2017

Stark Closed Until 1:30pm Tuesday, March 28th For KHE Hall of Honor Induction Ceremony.

Stark Closed Friday, January the 27th

January 23, 2017

The Stark Center will be closed to the public on Friday, January 27th on account of ongoing elevator construction.

Opening at Noon Friday, 1/13

January 11, 2017

The Stark Center will be closed until noon on Friday, the 13th due to a departmental meeting that morning.

Stark Closing @ 1:30 Friday, Dec 2nd

November 30, 2016

The Stark Center will be closed Friday, December 2nd, at 1:30pm for our annual holiday party.

Stark Closed @ 1pm Nov 9th & Nov 10th for the day

November 3, 2016

The Stark Center will be closing at 1pm Wednesday, the 9th, and all day on Thursday, November 10th for a private event.

Stark Closing at Noon Oct 10th

October 10, 2016

The Stark will be closing at noon Oct 10th to facilitate repairs on an exhibit.

Stark will close today, March, 29th at 11am

March 29, 2016

Stark will close today, March 29th at 11am

Stark closed Friday March 3rd

March 10, 2016

The Stark Center will be closed Friday, March 10th in anticipation of SXSW and president Obama’s visit.

We will be closed to visitors the week of the 31st

January 27, 2016

The Nazi Olympics Berlin 1936 Exhibition will be uninstalled Monday, February 1st through Friday, February 5th. Due to the construction, we will be closed to visitors.


January 24, 2016


The Stark Center and Texas Program in Sport and Media regretfully announce that ESPN broadcaster Jeremy Schaap’s flight from New York City has been cancelled because of the storms on the East Coast. His lecture on the 1936 Olympic Games is therefore cancelled for the time being. Our hope is to reschedule this for a later time in the semester. We regret any inconvenience this may cause you.

Recommended Parking for Sunday, January 24th

January 21, 2016

Due to the 3M Half Marathon causing road closures, we recommend parking in the Manor Garage located on Robert Dedman Dr. Information on Manor Garage can be accessed here:

Nazi 1936 Exhibition closing Jan 29th

January 13, 2016

The Nazi Olympics Berlin 1936 exhibition is closing Friday, January 29th. Upon closing at the Stark Center, the exhibition will move to Chicago for its final planned exhibition. Come see it at the Stark before it moves on, and then is retired.

Closed 1/18/16 for MLK Day

January 5, 2016

The Stark Center will be closed Monday, Jan 18th in observation of Martin Luther King Day.

Holiday 2015 Hours

December 3, 2015

Monday, Dec 21 – Wednesday, Dec 23: Regular hours 9-5
Thursday, Dec 24 – Sunday, Dec. 27: Closed
Monday, Dec 28 – Wednesday, Dec. 30: Attenuated hours 11-5
Thursday, Dec 31 – Friday, Jan 1: Closed
Saturday, Jan 2 – : Regular weekend and weekly hours

Thanksgiving Hours

November 10, 2015

The Stark Center will be closed November 26th and 27th for the Thanksgiving holiday. Normal operating hours will commence Saturday, November 28th.

Sunday, Nov 8th lecture by Dr. Linda J. Borish RESCHEDULED

November 5, 2015

The lecture originally scheduled for Sunday, Nov 8th by Dr. Linda J. Borish has been rescheduled to a day to be determined in January. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Sept 26th, The Stark Center is open to football ticket holders ONLY

September 22, 2015

Sept 26th, for the Longhorns vs Oklahoma State home game, the Stark Center is open four hours prior to kickoff for ticket holders only.

Stark CLOSED Tuesday, September the 22

The Stark Center is CLOSED Tuesday, September the 22, due to an unexpected facilities problem. We expect to resume normal hours Wednesday the 23. Check here for further info.

Friday, Sept. 25, The Stark Center will close at 3:00pm for a private event.

September 17, 2015

Friday, Sept. 25, Stark Center will close at 3:00pm for a private event.

Sept 19th, The Stark Center is open only to football ticket holders

September 14, 2015

Sept 19th, for the Longhorns vs Cal home game, the Stark Center is open four hours prior to kickoff for ticket holders only.

9/12/2015 The Stark is open only to game ticket holders

September 12, 2015

Today, Sept 12, the Stark Center is open only to game ticket holders for fan fest, 3pm until kick off.

The Stark Closed Labor Day 9/7/2015

August 20, 2015

The Stark Center will be closed September the 7th for Labor Day observance.

Notice Regarding Game Days and Stark Center Open Hours

The Stark to be closed Sep 12th, 19th, and 26th.

The DKR Memorial Stadium will be restricted to game day ticket holders on Saturday, September 12th, 19th, and 26th. Due to stadium wide policy, the Stark Center will only be accessible to those ticket holders. There will be further game day restrictions, so please watch this spot, or call in advance to ensure exhibit accessibility on game days. We will still be open the following Sundays.

Construction Update

July 21, 2015

We want to alert visitors that there is street construction currently on 23rd street in front of the Gate 14 and Gate 16 doors. This construction blocks the closest wheel chair access to the Stark Center; however, wheelchairs can still access the sidewalk leading up to the Stark at the intersection of 23rd and San Jacinto. We apologize for the inconvenience. If visitors need any assistance with wheelchair access into the Stark Center please feel free to call us at (512) 471-4890.

Sat the 25th-Museum Update

Please be aware that this coming Saturday (7/25) there will be a large event sponsored by UT Athletics that will also be parking in the Manor Garage and using the food court where the Stark Center entrance is located. Self-pay parking is available in the San Jacinto Garage. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Stark Center Closed June 15-July 3rd

June 1, 2015

The Stark Center galleries and reading room will be closed  from June 15th through July 3rd for the installation of a new exhibit in our galleries.

We will do our best to accommodate student, faculty, and off-campus researchers during this time, but please make reservations  during the closure. We cannot accommodate walk-ins.  To schedule a research visit or for additional information go to: or call 512-471-0995.

The Stark is closed Wednesday, May 20th

May 14, 2015

We will be closed Wednesday, May 20th for a private event. The Stark Center will reopen Thursday, the 21st for regular hours.

Welcome 2015! The Stark is open.

January 21, 2015

We are happy to announce that with construction concluded, and the Stark Center is now open and observing regular hours.
We are open 9am-5pm Monday through Friday.

Notice of December and January Closures

December 9, 2014

Due to construction in the North End Zone, the Stark will be closed to the public starting Monday, December 15th and will remain closed until Tuesday, January 20th.

We may be able to accommodate research appointments. Call or email for information

The Stark is closed December 9th.

The Stark will be closed Tuesday, December 9th.

Stark to open at 2:00pm Nov 3rd and Nov 6th

October 27, 2014

The Stark Center will open at 2:00pm on Monday, Nov 3rd and Thursday, Nov 6th.

Abbreviated hours for Thursday 10-2 and Friday 10-3

October 2, 2014

The Stark will be open at 2:30-5:00pm on Thursday, October, 2nd and 9:00-3:00pm on Friday, October, 3rd for special events.

September 26: Dr. Jan Todd Presenting for McCraw Lecture Series

September 24, 2014

Jan Todd, Ph.D., Co-Director of the Stark Center, and UT Austin Department of Kinesiology and Health Education Professor, presents a lecture entitled, “Reflections on the emergence of physical culture (cultural) studies.” The lecture will be held Friday, September 26.

Click here for more info

New Hours in Effect

August 25, 2014

The Stark Center is now open Monday through Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm

For more info, click below:

Notice of Closures

August 18, 2014

The Stark will be closed from 9am to 12pm, Monday, August 25h and will be closed all day September 1st for Labor Day,

New Operating Hours Starting Aug 25th

Starting Aug 25th, 2014, the Stark Center will be open from 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday.

Congratulations to New PHDs Baker C Harrell, Scott R Jedlicka, & Tolga Ozyurtcu

The Stark Center would like to acknowledge and enthusiastically congratulate Baker C Harrell, Scott R Jedlicka, & Tolga Ozyurtcu on the completion of their Physical Culture and Sports Studies PHD’s.

We will be Closed Friday in observation of Independence Day.

June 30, 2014

The Stark Center will be closed on Friday, July 4th, 2014 in observation of Independence Day.

Stark Closing at 5pm June 24th

June 11, 2014

The Stark Center will be closing one hour early 6/24 due to an event being held in the NEZ food court.

The Stark Center will be closed May 14

May 9, 2014

Due to a private event, the Stark Center will be closed to the public on Wednesday, May 14.

March 7th Seminar: “The Diverse Roots of Physical Culture”

March 6, 2014

Tom Lea Rooms, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center 3.206

Friday March 7, 2014
3:00 p.m.
Guests are encouraged to arrive by 2:45 p.m. for free refreshments while they last.

British physical culture can be traced along a circuitous route from the ancient Greeks to Germany and thence through Scotland to England, where it displayed more of a class than a nationalistic flavor. So vulnerable was the British version to external influences that it was less culturally confining than other national traditions in the twentieth century, falling prey to neither commercialism nor ideological entrapment. So eclectic were the origins that one must ask whether British physical culture is a non-British or at least a non-English phenomenon.

John Fair earned his Ph.D. at Duke University (1970) under the supervision of William Baskerville Hamilton. He has held faculty appointments in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Alabama, Maine, and Georgia, teaching British history for 45 years. His major fields of publication include British history, Southern history, and physical culture. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Kinesiology and Health Education at the Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports at the University of Texas.

Dr. Jan Todd and the Stark Center featured in Alcade article.

August 30, 2013

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UT Game Changers profiles Jan and Terry Todd for Longhorn Network

August 18, 2013

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New Finding Aid Posted: Harvey Penick Collection

October 16, 2012

Harvey Penick was an Austin institution who served the Austin Country Club in some capacity from 1913 until 1995.  From 1913 to 1923 he caddied.  In 1923 he became the head professional right out of high school.  He remained the pro until retiring in 1971, when his son, Tinsley, took over the position.  Harvey Penick continued as the golf pro emeritus from 1971 until he passed away in 1995.  He taught many famous golf pros including Ben Crenshaw, Betty Jameson, Tom Kite, Sandra Palmer, Betsy Rawls, Kathy Whitworth and Mickey Wright.  His gentle manner and forever positive attitude about golf and life endeared him to his many friends and pupils.  He became nationally and world famous when he penned The Little Red Book with author Bud Shrake in 1992.  That book of golf tips and stories became the biggest selling sports book of all time and was followed up with three more.

Finding Aid to the Harvey Penick Collection

New Finding Aid Posted: Tom Kite Collection

September 13, 2012

Before the advent of Tiger Woods, Tom Kite excelled and reached professional golf earning plateaus never dreamed of before.  He began at the feet of the Austin Country Club golf legend, Harvey Penick.  Kite and Ben Crenshaw starred together, both at the Austin Country Club and on the University of Texas Longhorn golf team.  Kite honed his craft with countless hours of practice and became one of the most consistent performers in PGA Tour history.  He thought of the wedge as an indispensable part of golfing success.  His work ethic and the inimitable style of his glasses and hats made him a fan favorite.  Golf fans worldwide reveled in Kite’s victory at the 1992 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, a fitting tribute to his hard work and dedication.  The golf courses on which Kite competed inspired him to begin creating his own and he has succeeded in the completion of twelve such efforts.

Finding Aid to the Tom Kite Collection

Your Physique: Volume 1, No. 1 Now Online

March 21, 2012

Joe Weider began his publishing career in 1940 with this mimeographed edition of Your Physique magazine.  Very few copies of Volume 1, No. 1 have survived through the ages  so we recently digitized our copy to make this valuable resource available to all.   After opening the link, clicking on the titles in the index on the left will lead you directly to the articles.

Flip through the magazine online

Arnold Schwarzenegger on the Stark Center

March 4, 2012

Arnold Schwarzenegger spoke at the Arnold Strongman Classic in Columbus Ohio about the H.J. Lutcher Stark Center and what it means to him.

New Finding Aid posted: Robert Hoffman Collection

January 19, 2012

Robert Hoffman was one of the central figures in physical culture in the 20 th century. He founded York Barbell Company in 1932, which became one of the largest purveyors of strength building equipment in the world. In 1933, Hoffman founded Strength and Health magazine, one of the most widely read muscle building magazines on the globe from the 1930s through the 1960s.

Finding Aid to the Robert Hoffman Collection

The Stark Center featured on PBS’ “History Detectives”

October 14, 2011

Going through her mother’s belongings, a woman from Springfield, VA rediscovered a box of 78rpm records from the 1920s.   Her mother purchased the records at a garage sale in the ‘60s because they featured images and the name of her father-in-law, Wallace Rogerson.  She can’t find any details about Wallace or the record collection and asked HISTORY DETECTIVES host Tukufu Zuberi to find out more about these records.

With the help of Stark Center director Jan Todd, PBS’ History Detectives learn about Wallace Rogerson of Chicago and his impact on Women’s Fitness.

Watch the full episode at