Take a step back into the Texas that your mothers and grandmothers knew, and discover how their contributions helped forge the Texas that you live in today.

Brownwood native Janice Crump Bezanson is one of 15 Texas women leaders being honored at a luncheon today to kick off Women Shaping Texas in the 20th Century, an exhibit opening at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin.

Women Shaping Texas features women moving into public life throughout the 20th century, in the fields of education, ranching, medicine, politics, the arts, the law, sports, and other arenas. Janice Crump Bezanson, executive director of Texas Conservation Alliance, was chosen to illustrate the growing importance of conservation as Texas’ population expanded.

“It was a great pleasure to work with women who have been influential in creating the Texas we know today,” said Dr. Paula Marks, professor of American Studies at St. Edward's University and guest curator of the exhibit. “What a pleasure it has been to learn of and from Janice and Texas Conservation Alliance!”

Mack Turner, chairman of Texas Conservation Alliance, described Bezanson’s career, much of which has focused on protecting water resources in Texas.

“Janice and Texas Conservation Alliance are excited about the water recycling/reuse that the City of Brownwood is planning,” said Turner. “Brownwood is combining established technologies in an innovative way to provide low-cost water for Brownwood’s future use. If other cities follow Brownwood’s lead, Texas will have enough water to supply its needs over the coming decades.”

The Bob Bullock State History Museum, located at 1800 N. Congress Avenue between the State Capital complex and the University of Texas campus in Austin, is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. The Women Shaping Texas exhibit will run through May 19, 2013.