The Harvey County Historical Museum will host the free program "19th-Century Rural Kansas Women at Work" at 2 p.m. Sept. 22 at the museum, 203 N. Main, Newton. The program is being presented by Isaiss McCaffery and is made possible by the Kansas Humanities Council.

The presentation explores the roles of rural women who worked outside of the home and farm. Although most women of the late 1800's tended children, managed family gardens, butchered livestock and game and canned and preserved winter rations, some women also augmented their family incomes by bartering agricultural products in nearby towns, working as domestics and teaching.

McCaffery is a professor of history and the chair of the Humanities and Social Sciences at Independence Community College.

The speaker is provided by the Kansas Humanities Council Speakers Bureau in conjunction with the Harvey County Historical Museum. The program is free and open to the public, although donations are welcome. For more information, please contact the Harvey County Historical Museum at 283-2221, or