Rural Texas Women at Work, 1930-1960 - Summer Exhibit
Just for summer, the W. K. Gordon Center will host a temporary exhibit from Humanities Texas entitled, "Rural Texas Women at Work, 1930-1960." The display will open at the Center at 10:00AM on Tuesday, June 1, 2010 and continue through Friday, August 27, 2010.
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. As early as 1886, in the company-owned boomtown of Thurber, women from all over the world immigrated, adapted, ran their households, worked in the stores, and taught in the schools to make ends meet.
Drawn from files of the Texas Agricultural Extension Service archives at Texas A&M University, this exhibit uses photographs and explanatory texts to convey a sense of the lives of rural Texas women, helpful programs of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Extension Service, and the changes that swept across rural Texas from the Great Depression to World War II.
Humanities Texas, formerly the Texas Council for the Humanities, is the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Humanities Texas conducts and supports public programs in history, literature, philosophy, and other humanities disciplines. These programs strengthen Texas communities and ultimately help sustain representative democracy by cultivating informed, educated citizens. Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) supports research, education, and public programs in the humanities. Humanities Texas is a nonprofit, tax-exempt, educational organization incorporated by the State of Texas in 1972.