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A conference on rural women to be held Feb. 20-23

Scholars and museum curators will discuss historical and contemporary rural women at a conference Feb. 20-23 at New Mexico State University and the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum.

ference is sponsored by the Rural Women Studies Association (RWSA), an international association for the advancement and promotion of rural women's gender studies in historical perspective, and the Western and Mountain/Plains Regions Association for Living Historical Farms and Agricultural Museums (ALHFAM). ALHFAM is an organization serving those involved in historical farms, agricultural museums and outdoor museums of history and folklife.

The conference activities will include papers, panels, hands-on workshops, exhibits, films, performance arts, book exhibits and "The Bazaar," which will bring representatives from women's cooperatives in New Mexico with their products to conference venues. The conference also will include tours to local agricultural operations where women play a prominent role such as the Cervantes Enterprises chile farms and agricultural processing plants.

RWSA is interdisciplinary and maintains a tradition of diverse conferences that bring together researchers, policy makers, program delivery professionals and rural and farm women for discussion about the historical and social science context of their lives, as well as current interests and needs.

RWSA was formed following the Sixth Conference on Rural and Farm Women in Historical Perspective at Baylor University in 1997. The series of conferences began in 1984 at New Mexico State and subsequent conferences took place every three years after. Selected papers at conferences have been published in issues of "Agricultural History" and "Frontiers."

For more information or to register, visit the RWSA Web site at http://www.uncp.edu/rwsa.