Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Farm Life exhibit shows changes in farm living over the past century

John E. Conner Museum - 10/20/11 - 10/20/11

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

Visitors to the John E. Conner Museum at Texas A&M University-Kingsville can go back in time to see how things have changed on the American family farm in the last century when they visit the exhibit Farm Life: A Century of Change for Farm Families and Their Neighbors on display through Thursday, Oct. 20. A reception will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, at the museum.

The 20th century brought profound changes for farm families and their neighbors.  In 1900, 42 percent of the United States population worked in agriculture, but by 2000 less than two percent of the population was involved in farm production. Through generations of dramatic economic and social change, some families have maintained their connections to farming, their land and the rural communities in which they live and work.

Farm Life: A Century of Change of the Farm Families and Their Neighbors examines what it means for a family to live and work on the land. The exhibit is divided into four sections: the farmhouse, fields, barn and gathering places in the larger community.  In each section, photographs, objects and labels tell the story of life on a farm. Through these items and other interactive pieces, audiences who view Farm Life learn about the social, economic and cultural framework of farms and their surrounding communities. Though the starting place is a Chippewa Valley, Wisconsin farmstead around 1950, universal themes of family and community are addressed, touching on issues that resonate with farming and non-farming viewers alike.

This exhibition has been made possible through NEH on the Road, a special initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities. It is brought to the Conner Museum by Mid-America Arts Alliance. Farm Life: A Century of Change for Farm Families and Their Neighbors was organized by The Chippewa Valley Museum, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and is based on a larger exhibition permanently installed in their galleries.

The Conner Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. It is located at 905 W. Santa Gertrudis on the Texas A&M-Kingsville campus. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. For more information, call 361-593-2810.


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