The West Virginia Humanities Council is sponsoring a state tour of the new Smithsonian Institute's traveling exhibit, "The Way We Worked," beginning September through June 2012. West Virginia is a debut state for the exhibit that kicks off its tour of the Mountain State on Sept. 10 in the Marlinton Municipal Building.
"The Way We Worked" is adapted from an exhibition developed by the National Archives. It explores why people work, the needs their jobs fulfill and how they identify with work as individuals and communities. The Humanities Council is providing funds and technical assistance to each site to develop companion displays and supplemental programs that feature their local work history.
After closing in Marlinton on Oct. 22, "The Way We Worked" will be on display at the Mary H. Weir Public Library in Weirton, Morgantown History Museum in Morgantown, Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg, Point Pleasant River Museum in Point Pleasant and the Randolph County Community Arts Center in Elkins. Each venue will display the exhibit for six weeks. For information about the schedule of programs and events in Marlinton, call 800-336-7009 or visit www.pocahontashistorical.org/smithsonian.htm.
"The Way We Worked" is made possible through the Museum on Main Street (MOMS) program, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and state humanities councils nationwide. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the U.S. Congress. For more information about the West Virginia tour, visit www.wvhumanities.org.