DATE:  March 12, 2004
CONTACT: Dr.Sharon Talley, Assistant Professor College of Arts and Humanities, (361) 825-3264; Steve Paschal, Public Affairs, (361) 825-2336

“Telling Our Grandmothers’ Stories” Highlight of Women’s History Month at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi 
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s annual “Telling Our Grandmothers’ Stories” exhibition will be held on Wednesday, March 24, 2004 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the University Center Lone Star Ballroom.

The event was conceived five years ago by Dr. Susan Loudermilk, assistant professor in the University’s College of Arts and Humanities, as a means of recovering and capturing the history of women of all ages, ethnicities and interests through various non-traditional formats ranging from oral, video and audio presentations to paintings, pictures, posters letters and displays. In addition to the exhibits and presentations, a reception will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the University Center Legacy Hall.

“We interpret ‘grandmother’ in the larger sense of the word to include those women who came before us and created the stories that form who we are,” said Loudermilk. “We have found that publishing these stories is a critical component to recovering these women’s voices in a meaningful way. This recovery project is a way to ensure that these stories are not lost by broadening the American literary and historical canons.”

Drs. Loudermilk and Sharon Talley, also an assistant professor in the University’s College of Arts and Humanities, are currently collaborating on a book, “Telling Our Grandmothers’ Stories: A Guide to Teaching and Celebrating the History of the Women in Our Lives.” In May, they will make a presentation on “Telling Our Grandmothers’ Stories” at an international conference in Toronto.