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The Way We Worked

Young Women Delivering Ice, 1918. National Archives, Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs
Young women delivering ice, 1918. National Archives, Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs.

 

The Way We Worked, adapted from an original exhibition developed by the National Archives, explores how work became a central element in American culture by tracing the many changes that affected the workforce and work environments. The exhibition draws from the Archives’ rich photographic collections, covering more than 150 years to tell this compelling story. Why, where, and how do we work? What value does work have to individuals and communities? What does our work tell others about us?

The Way We Worked is organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) and is adapted from an original exhibition developed by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Historic New England is partnering with SITES for their Museum on Main Street initiative to host this exhibition across New England. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress. The Way We Worked is available in this region for six-week bookings beginning September 2012 through December 2014. Each hosting institution will have the opportunity to add objects from their collection to the exhibition, making this an especially local experience.

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Watch a news story on The Way We Worked in Lebanon, NH, which follows a retired worker from the H.W. Carter and Sons Factory.

The Way We Worked Exhibition Dates and Locations:

January 25 – March 9, 2014
Warner Theater, Torrington, Connecticut

March 15 April 27, 2014
Hartford Public Library
, Hartford, Connecticut

May 3 - June 16, 2014
The Museum of Work and Culture
, Woonsocket, Rhode Island

June 21 August 3, 2014
Mattatuck Museum
, Waterbury, Connecticut

August 9 September 14, 2014
Nathan Hale Homestead
, Coventry, Connecticut

September 20 November 2, 2014
Stamford Museum & Nature Center
, Stamford, Connecticut

November 8 December 21, 2014
Groton Public Library
, Groton, Connecticut

 

Partners:

New Hampshire Humanities Council
Museum On Main Street


 

 

 

The Way We Worked