clock | Posted 11/09/11

Jefferson City, Mo. - The Way We Worked, a traveling Smithsonian Institution exhibit, has ended its run in Ste. Genevieve and will make its second Missouri stop, this time in Rolla, from Nov. 19-Dec. 17.

The Way We Worked is being showcased as part of the Missouri Humanities Council's Museums on Main Street program. The exhibit is being featured at several locations around the Show-Me State, now through June 2012.

Future Missouri stops are:

Wheatley Historic Preservation, Poplar Bluff, Jan. 3-31, 2012
National Churchill Museum, Fulton, Feb. 11-March 10, 2012
Watkins Woolen Mill State Historic Site, Lawson, March 24-April 21, 2012
Andrew County Museum and Historical Society, Savannah, May 5-June 2, 2012

The Way We Worked explores how work became such a central element in American culture by tracing the many changes that affected the workforce and work environments during the past 150 years. The exhibition features interpretive opportunities for visitors through large graphics, relevant objects and work clothing. Through audio components, workers tell their own stories about changes in their industries and about confronting workplace challenges.

"We are honored to be one of the few chosen communities to showcase this exhibit," says Aimee Campbell, tourism director for the Rolla Chamber of Commerce. "The Rolla community has come together to add some local flavor to the already remarkable exhibit. This effort includes adding displays that showcase 'the way we worked' in the Rolla region and features displays of the way local businesses worked throughout history."

While in Rolla, the exhibit will be housed at The Centre, 1200 N. Holloway St., and will include a special appearance by noted Missouri historian and author Bob Priddy. In addition to working as news director for the Missourinet radio network, and being the voice of Missourinet's popular "Across our Wide Missouri" segments, Priddy has written five books focusing on Missouri history. His latest work, "The Art of the Missouri Capitol: History in Canvas, Bronze and Stone," which was co-authored by Jeffrey Ball, was released in May.

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