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Unique field trip opportunity coming

August 27, 2011
The Inter-Mountain

Marlinton will host The Way We Worked Smithsonian traveling exhibit Sept. 10 Oct. 22. The exhibit, adapted from an original display developed by the National Archives, explores how work became such a central element in American culture by tracing the many changes that affected the workforce and work environments over the past 150 years.

The exhibition draws from the National Archive's rich collections to tell this compelling story.

In addition to the Smithsonian exhibit, enhancements have been developed locally to create a unique glimpse into regional work industries which played an important role in the development of the economy and culture for the area. The emphasis on the local The Way We Worked focuses on the logging industry's impact on the Pocahontas County and surrounding areas from yesterday to today.

"The local aspect of the exhibit not only features dozens of large format photos taken during the end of the 1800s and early 1900s, it features music of the day at no less than four public concerts at the Opera House, a tribute to West Virginia Poet laureate Louise McNeill Pease, the local premiere of the film 'Let's Push Together The Story of Rosie the Riveters Now and Then,'" said Gail Hyer, one of the coordinators. "It will truly be a unique experience."

Field trip experiences are available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during the exhibition.

"This is a unique educational opportunity for students in the region to experience a Smithsonian exhibit without traveling to Washington, D.C.," said Cara Rose, executive director for the Pocahontas County Convention and Visitors Bureau. "Teachers may call our office for a field trip guide that includes information about exhibit reservations, area attractions and sample itineraries."

Visiting The Way We Worked is open free to the public at the Marlinton Municipal Building, Second Avenue Marlinton, Mondays and Thursdays from noon to 6 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 8 p.m.; and Sundays from 1 -5 p.m.

For more information on the exhibit and special events, call toll free 800-336-7009 or visit

Marlinton, West Virginia is one of only six locations in West Virginia to host this Smithsonian traveling exhibit. The exhibit is made possible by the Smithsonian Institute, the West Virginia Humanities Council and local organizers.



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