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Exhibit celebrates Midwestern farm women

GENOA – The Genoa Public Library will host the exhibit, “Midwestern Farm Women: A Century on the Land,” in conjunction with the DeKalb County History Center and the Northern Illinois University Regional History Center.

This exhibit opened for the first time March 11, 1989, at NIU and traveled to regional host sites through 1993. This is the first time it is being shared with the public in 26 years.

The exhibit is made up of 70 photographs that illustrate the effect of broad-based social, technological and economic forces on the lives of Midwestern farm women.

The collection is divided into 18 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 19th 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.

An opening night celebration will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 16, in the Genoa Public Library Event Room, 232 W. Main St. in Genoa.

Light refreshments will be served.

The exhibit will run from Aug. 16 through Sept. 21 and will be available for viewing from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesday and Thursdays; 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, Aug. 24, Sept. 7 and Sept. 21.

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