13310 Highway 305 · P.O. Box 5
Lipscomb, Texas 79056
April 21, 2013
WOLF CREEK HERITAGE MUSEUM NOTES
by Virginia Scott
I was on the road again, this time to Synder for the Texas Plains Trail Board meeting. We also met with the Quanah Parker Project Board. These groups are active in planning and promoting activities throughout our 52 counties that bring visitors to our area as well as provide activities for local residents. The annual roundup will be held in Canadian this year so watch for posters etc. about the event.
It is almost time to change exhibits at the museum so if you haven't visited the sports exhibit please do so before next Wednesday.
The core team has been busy organizing our newspapers and refining our archive storage. We have also received so new items for our military collection.
This week has been designated a week of recognition for two groups. The first is the volunteers of America. This is for recognition of all the volunteers in a communities. Our communities rely on volunteers for our fire departments, city government councils, school activity committees, churches,etc. The museum would not be in existence if it were not for volunteers.
This week look around at the activity that is happening and thank a volunteer for their time and dedication to your community.
The second group that has claimed this week is conservationists and environmental groups. This is Earth Week. A week to learn, to practice, and to remember that our Earth resources are valuable and need conservation. We are very aware of the need to conserve Water in our region and much is being talked about how we do this and what practices we need to introduce to our way of life. This week I am sure that the three R's will be posted to remind us to Reuse, Recycle, and Reduce.
In 1880, 12% of all women over 10 worked with the top five jobs being Agricultural laborer, domestic, laundress, and laborer. Teacher was seventh. In 1978, 51% of all women over 16 worked with the top five being secretary, sales clerk, bookkeeper, waitress, and cashier. Teacher remained as seventh.
In the 1880 healing was considered a tradition for women not a profession. It wasn't until the late 1800's that women were allowed to attend college. Dr. Daisy Emery Allen of Fort Worth was one of the first two Texas women to receive a medical degree in 1897. She practiced for 50 years, but she didn't escape the prejudice against women in medicine. Once when she walked into a home to treat a sick patient, he shouted out, "On, no! You're one of those ---- she -doctors."
The first nursing school was founded in 1890 at the John Sealy Hospital in Galveston. St. Anthony's Hospital in Amarillo founded a nursing school in the early 1900's. The Texas legislature passed the law for setting nursing standards and procedures for nursing in 1909.
Women has also always been the core of volunteers in our communities. So I salute each and everyone for a job well done.
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