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Library directors suggest good reads related to exhibit

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With just a few days left to see the exhibit at the Bandera Library called “Rural Texas Women at Work, 1930 – 1960,” the library directors of Bandera’s 3 county libraries offer reading suggestions for those interested in continuing to explore the topic of industrious and enterprising women living in rural Texas during the early and mid 20th Century.
Mary Ellen Lindstom, library director of the Medina Library, suggested a book in the Medina collection called, “Texas Women on the Cattle Trails,” edited by Sara R. Massey. “I haven't read a lot of this type of book,” Lindstrom said, “but I do remember this one well. Very enlightening.”
Dianna Landes, library director at Pipe Creek, recommends “Pioneer History of Bandera” by J. Marvin Hunter. “It has some amazing stories of the lives of early Bandera area female (and male) settlers,” Landes said. “That one is a lot of fun to read.”
Mike Garr, library director at the Bandera Library, suggested “Harder than Hardscrabble,” edited by Thad Sitton. “This book is an oral recollection of Farming Life from the Edge of the Hill Country. It has interviews with men and women,” Garr said.
Close to home, “Her Act and Deed,” by Angela Boswell, is about women's lives in Colorado County (a rural southern Texas county) from 1837-1873.
“Texas Women, Frontier to Future” by Ann Crawford and Crystal Ragsdale features 25 vignettes on personalities as diverse as Kay Bailey Hutchinson, Katherine Anne Porter, and Lila Cockrell, the former mayor of San Antonio.
The exhibit currently featured at the Bandera Library 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 from 10am-6pm and Saturday from 9am-1pm at the Bandera Public Library, through the end of July.
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 visit Humanities Texas online at http://www.humanitiestexas.org or call 512-440-1991.