Friday, January 28, 2022

Exploring the American Workforce at Marco Island Historical Museum




What would life be like without teachers, doctors or firefighters? Every day Americans are hard at work on farms, factories, in homes or at desks keeping our communities thriving. The Marco Island Historical Museum, in cooperation with the Florida Humanities Council, will explore the professions and the people that sustain American society when it hosts “The Way We Worked,” a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition. “The Way We Worked” will be on view April 4, 2015 through May 16, 2015. A free opening reception will take place on Tuesday April 7 from 5pm to 7pm. The Marco Island Historical Museum and the surrounding community have been expressly chosen by the Florida Humanities Council to host “The Way We Worked” as part of the Museum on Main Street project-a national/state/local partnership to bring exhibitions and programs to rural cultural organizations. The exhibition will tour six communities in Florida from Cedar Key through Belle Glade. A36-CBN-4-3-5

“The Way We Worked,” adapted from an original exhibition developed by the National Archives and Records Administration, explores how work has become a central element in American culture. It traces the many changes that have affected the workforce and work environments over the past 150 years, including the growth of manufacturing and increasing use of technology. The exhibition draws from the Archives’ rich collections, including historical photographs, archival accounts of workers, film, audio and interactive, to tell the compelling story of how work impacts our individual lives and the historical and cultural fabric of our communities. “We are very pleased to be able to bring “The Way We Worked” to our area, said Lisa Marciano, Collier County Museum Manager. “It allows us the opportunity to explore this fascinating aspect of our own region’s history, and we hope that it will



inspire many to become even more involved in the cultural life of our community.” “Allowing all of our state’s residents to have access to the cultural resources of our nation’s premiere museum is a priority of the Florida Humanities Council,” said Janine Farver, Executive Director. “With this special tour, we are pleased to be working with The Marco Island Historical Museum and Marco Island to help develop local exhibitions and public programs to compliment the Smithsonian exhibition.”

Other associated exhibitions include “Work It: 24/7” a juried art exhibition and Marion Howard’s “The Black Experience in the Old South” on display in April at the Marco Island Center for the Arts; “The Way We Worked…Along the Trail” on display at the Museum of the Everglades in May; “The Way We Worked: Immokalee, Ranch & Garden” on display at the Immokalee Pioneer Museum at Roberts Ranch from April 4 through June 5.
Other Associated Free Events Include:


LECTURE: Tuesday April 7, 7 pm Dr. Mormino “Floridians at Work: A History through Images and Words”

LECTURE: Tuesday April 14, 7 pm Marv Needles “Building of the Community: Marco Island”

MARCO ISLAND BRANCH LIBRARY STORY TIME: Thursday April 2, 2015 10:30 am Fire! Fire!

KIDS PROGRAM: Thursday April 2, 2015 4pm-6:30 pm Marco Island Library Bakery-Open for Business

STORY TIME: Thursday April 9, 2015 10:30 a.m. The Chef

STORY TIME: Thursday April 16, 2015 10:30 a.m. Police

For a detailed listing of events please visit

“The Way We Worked” is part of Museum on Main Street, a unique collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), state humanities councils across the nation and local host institutions. To learn more about “The Way We Worked” and other Museum on Main Street exhibitions, visit Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress. 

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