Past Event

The Way We Worked

The Way We Worked, the Smithsonian’s newest Museum on Main Street exhibition, is curated by Bruce Bustard, from the National Archives. 

American work takes place everywhere – on the land, on the streets of our communities, in offices and factories, in homes, in schools, in water, and in outer space.  Through an exploration of the tools and technologies that enabled and assisted workers, from early American history through to the present day, this exhibit will explore how technology, society, and culture have shaped a more complex, and oftentimes more stressful, work environment.  

The Way We Worked will also explore the diversity of the American workforce – one of its greatest strengths and biggest challenges – and will showcase how people from different racial and cultural backgrounds both came to identify and segregate from one another. 

Finally, this exhibition will explore how Americans identify with work, how they come to know work as meaningful, and how, whether one lives in Steel Town USA, dons a uniform every day, or never leaves their home, work assigns cultural meanings and allows us to view our communities in a larger, social context.

The Way We Worked will be on display at this location from October 1, 2011 – November 12, 2011 before it travels to Marshall, IL.

There will be an Opening Lecture and Reception on Thursday, October 6 featuring Robert Bruno, School of Labor & Employment Relations Director at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

This exhibition is free and open to the public.

Museum Hours:

  • 9 AM – 4 PM: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Fridays
  • 9 AM – 7 PM: Thursdays
  • 1 PM – 4 PM: Saturdays

For more information, please contact Carbondale Community Arts at (618) 457-5100.