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Cultural Heritage Exhibition – Women’s History Month 2024

Friday, March 1, 2024 10:00 AM - Saturday, March 30, 2024 5:00 PM
The Grace Museum
102 Cypress Street Abilene, TX 79601
Abilene Police Department Police Women, Left to Right: Lucy Owens, Bertha Harris, Frances Stephens, Eva Pelton, and Emily Carroll, photograph, 1962; University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Abilene Library Consortium.

From Women’s History Day in 1978 to Women’s History Week in the early 1980s, this month was formally established by Congress in 1987. This exhibition highlights some of the early efforts by women in Texas and Abilene in particular with the right to vote, involvement in war efforts, establishing roots in business, and participation in women’s clubs. 

Ladies Outhouse built by soldiers for Bluebonnet Dances at Camp Barkeley, Courtesy of Dr. Tracy Shilcutt

This exhibition was curated by Dr. Amanda Biles and Dr. Tracy Shilcutt with Jane Anne Carroll, Sarah Angell, and Jane Tomlinson through the Introduction to Public History: Interpreting American Pasts course at Abilene Christian University. The Grace Museum is collaborating with ACU to create monthly exhibitions that coincide with different cultural heritage months throughout the year. These exhibitions highlight the narratives of various cultural groups that are integral to Abilene’s history while weaving these stores into the broader historical fabric of the United States.

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