Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Museum exhibit pays tribute to rural Texas women

John E. Conner Museum - 03/22/14 - 03/22/14

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

The John E. Conner Museum on the campus of Texas A&M University-Kingsville will honor Women’s History Month with the exhibit entitled, “Rural Texas Women at Work, 1930-1960.” 

It will be on display in the Gallery of South Texas History from Monday, Feb. 24, through Saturday, March 22.

This display is sponsored by Texas A&M University, Texas Agricultural Extension Service and the Arts Council of Brazos Valley. It was produced by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

“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 like cooking, housekeeping and doing laundry. In addition, they raised large gardens, tended flocks of poultry, canned and preserved food for their family, made and repaired furnishings, picked cotton, drove tractors and took over the men’s work during World War II.

The exhibit uses photographs and explanatory texts to convey a sense of the lives of rural Texas women, the helpful programs of the United States Department of Agriculture’s Extension Service and the changes that swept across rural Texas in the Great Depression and World War II.

The Conner Museum is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The museum will be closed Saturday, March 1. Admission to the museum is free. For more information, call 361-593-2810. 

About Humanities Texas

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, visit Humanities Texas online at www.humanitiestexas.org or call 512-440-1991.


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