Gems of the Plains
March 1, 2014 – Fall 2015
Women of the West necessarily stand out from the stereotypical feminine figure in many ways. Shaped in part by the western environment, these women often stepped out of traditional roles and exceeded even their own imaginations, breaking down barriers and creating new roles and definitions of what it meant to be a woman in the west. As part of the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum’s series of exhibitions on Women of the West, Gems of the Plains will be an introspective look at women who helped shape the character of the Panhandle-Plains. From the pioneer homemaker who worked in equal partnership with her husband, enduring difficult conditions to build a new life in a harsh land to the widows and daughters who stepped fearlessly into new roles as writers, doctors and entrepreneurs, to the Amarillo girl who overcame a bout with polio to become an actress and dancer with a $5 million insurance policy on her legs, this exhibition will focus on archetypical models to showcase Panhandle-Plains women at different stages of time, life and destiny.
Photo of Dr. Jessie Givins’ medicine saddle bags and photo of Laura V. Hamner.