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Rural women at work featured at local exhibit

By Mike Garr, Library Director

Beginning Tuesday, June 27, the Bandera Public Library will present “Rural Texas Women at Work, 1930–1960,” an exhibition sponsored by Texas A&M University, Texas Agricultural Extension Service, Arts Council of Brazos Valley and produced by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. It will be on display from now until the end of July.
“Rural Texas Women at Work” pays tribute to our rural grandmothers and their families in the middle third of the 20th Century. Industrious and enterprising, rural Texas women performed the common tasks of housewives everywhere—cooking, housekeeping and doing laundry. In addition, they raised large gardens, tended flocks of poultry, canned and preserved foods for their families, made and repaired furnishings, picked cotton, drove tractors and took over the men’s work during World War II.
“Rural Texas Women at Work” uses photographs and explanatory texts to convey a sense of the lives of rural Texas women, the helpful programs of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Extension Service and the changes that swept across rural Texas in the Great Depression and World War II.
The exhibition will be available to the public Monday through Friday form 10 am to 6 pm, and Saturday from 9 am to1pm at the Bandera Public Library. For more information about viewing hours or to arrange group visits, contact the Library at 830-796-4213.
Humanities Texas develops and supports diverse programs across the state, including lectures, oral history projects, teacher institutes, traveling exhibitions and documentary films. For more information, please call 512-440-1991 or visit Humanities Texas online at www.humanitiestexas.org.