The Eudora Area Historical Society will have its November meeting on Thursday, November 21 at 7:30pm at Eudora City Hall.

The program for this meeting will be presented by William Worley and is titled “How Rural Electrification Transformed Kansas.” Prior to the 1930s, the prohibitive costs of stringing electrical lines across vast rural spaces made electricity a primarily urban phenomenon. This meant that many jobs of the farm had to be done by humans, animals, tractors, and combines. Learn how New Deal legislation established rural electrical associations (REAs) as cooperative ventures managed by farmers and supported by low-cost government loans. For the first time, farm wives could have washing and sewing machines, dairy farmers could refrigerate milk, and families could be entertained by radios and eventually televisions. Rural work productivity soared. We probably all take electricity for granted today, but it was not long ago that the Eudora area was largely devoid of electricity.

This program is made possible by the Kansas Humanities Council. “How Rural Electrification Transformed Kansas” is part of the Kansas Humanities Council’s The Way We Worked Speakers Bureau, featuring presentations and discussions examining the theme of work and working in Kansas and how these stories help define us.

Contact Ben Terwilliger, 785-690-7900,, for additional information.

This event is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!


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