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February 2003

Release Date: February 25, 2003

West Texas Collection Exhibit to Highlight Women of Concho Valley

The women of the Concho Valley will be featured in a West Texas Collection (WTC) display celebrating Women's History Month in March and opening with a 4-6 p.m. reception Thursday, Feb. 27, at Angelo State University.

Among the women covered in the display are Alice Grierson, wife of one-time Fort Concho commander Benjamin Grierson; Myrtle Teague, who married Sherwood pioneer X.B. Cox Sr.; and Gula Foote, who survived the Benficklin flood in 1882 and went on to run the family ranch.

Also featured are Josephine Camunez, who ran a grocery store in San Angelo, and whose daughter, Eva Camunez Tucker, taught school in Mertzon and Ballinger; and Elizabeth Howard, wife of Jack Howard and daughter of Gertrude Noelke and Frank Emerick, who ran the family ranch both while her husband was away fighting in World War II and after he returned.

WTC Head Suzanne Campbell said the women in the display were chosen because of their accomplishments and their representation of women in general in developing the Concho Valley. She said the display will include a variety of photographs, artifacts, letters, programs and other memorabilia documenting the influence of women on the Concho Valley.

In addition to celebrating the opening to the display, the reception will also serve as a farewell to University Archivist Tanya L. Norris, whose husband has been transferred to the Metroplex. Norris joined the WTC staff in the summer of 2000. Prior to that she served as a student assistant at the archive while she was working on her master's degree in history.

The exhibit and the reception are open free to the public in the West Texas Collection, located on the second floor of the Houston Harte University Center, 1910 Rosemont.

For additional information, please contact the WTC at (325) 942-2164.