Exhibit: Country Christmas: Rural Women's Work

Go Green

November 28 - January 4
Archives and Special Collections, Room 202 of Morgan Library
Open Monday- Friday, 8:30 am- 4:30 pm

“There is always joy in the really beautiful thing which a person is able to make with their own hands.”  When Larimer County Home Demonstration Agent Lydia Warren wrote this in her Annual Report of 1923, she inadvertently captured the spirit that motivated many generations of rural Colorado women to infuse their lives with beauty as well as practicality.  Farm women were taught to take pride in the fruits of their labor, whether humble or ornate, for the simple fact that whatever they produced came from their own hands and hearts.  At Christmas, these same ladies were encouraged to use their ingenuity to fashion handmade objects that were thrifty, pragmatic, and attractive to give to their friends and family. The items on exhibit are reminiscent of country Christmases past, of Christmas gift contests, and homemade presents that honor the rural way of life.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. Please stop by.

For more information, please visit Archives and Special Collections or call (970) 491-1844.