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Midwestern Farm Women: A Century on the Land Exhibit

The Genoa Public Library is excited to announce that we are hosting the “Midwestern Farm Women: A Century on the Land” exhibit in conjunction with the DeKalb County History Center and the N.I.U. Regional History Center. This exhibit opened for the first time on March, 11, 1989 at Northern Illinois University and travelled to regional host sites through 1993. This is the first time it is being shared with the public in 26 years!

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“Midwestern Farm Women: A Century on the Land” is an exhibit comprised of seventy photographs which illustrate the impact of broad-based social, technological, and economic forces on the lives of Midwestern farm women. The collection is divided into eighteen thematic groups, each of which reflects both historical progression and continuity in farm women’s lives. The themes the exhibit illustrates are ones that have touched the lives of all Midwestern farm women: the impact of nineteenth century industrialization on farming; the centrality and endurance of the farm family; the personal identity of farm women; the vulnerability of farm families in the face of both nature and the world marketplace; the crucial contributions women make to the survival of the family farm; the unending work, structured not by the clock but by the task at hand; and the significance of friends in rural areas.

Join us for our opening night on Friday, August 16th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Light refreshments will be served. The exhibit will run from August 16th through September 21st and is available for viewing during the exhibit hours listed.

Exhibit Hours:

Monday:  9:30 am – 2:30 pm

Tuesday:  6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Wednesday:  9:30 am – 2:30 pm

Thursday:  9:30 am – 2:30 pm

*Saturday:  10:00 am – 2:00 pm

*only 8/24, 9/07 & 9/21*

Sunday:  Closed