“Working Hands” & “Rural Texas Women at Work” Exhibitions Open at Confederate Reunion Grounds

Nov 29 2013 (All day)


Cost: Adults $4, Child (6-18) $3, Free for children under 5 and Friends members

The exhibitions will be available to the public from Nov. 29, 2013 to Jan. 26, 2014. 

Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historic Site
1738 FM 2705
Mexia  Texas  76667

Working HandsIn “Working Hands: An Exhibition of Photographs by Rick Williams,” Rick Williams captures images of workers and work places in three diverse industries that constitute the three pillars of the Texas economy: ranching, oil, and technology. These 40 finely detailed photographs contribute to an understanding of the workers who reshaped the landscape from boundless prairie to ranches, farms, towns, and cities. The exhibition evokes a powerful sense of what is must feel like to engage in the work depicted, as well as the unique character each industry brings to the Texas landscape.

Rural TX WomenRural Texas Women at Work, 1930-1960,” 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.

Humanities Texas logoFor additional information or to arrange group visits, call 254.472.0959 or email crg@thc.texas.gov. The exhibitions are organized by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.