Thursday, June 1, 2023

Smithsonian Exhibition Exploring the American Workforce…




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 reception, open to the public at no cost 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. “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, Project Director and 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.”

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