“The Way We Worked” is an interactive exhibit portraying the work in America over the past 150 years, documenting the lives of ordinary Americans and showing that all are integral to the functioning of our economy and the defining of our culture.
The exhibit will consist of five freestanding modules, each of which will address different themes, including Where We Worked, How We Worked, Who Works, and Why We Work, through photographs, text panels and artifacts.
There will also be videos, hands on displays, various work uniforms, old telephones, typewriters, IBM punch cards, a Louisville Slugger baseball bat and cell phone segments.
Sunflower County Library System Director Mary Ann Stone said, “This exhibit opens up opportunities for the people in our area to experience a quality museum piece from the Smithsonian. Many folks just can’t afford to take a trip to the Smithsonian, so through our efforts, we have been able to bring a piece of history from the Smithsonian to the people.”
The Henry M. Seymour Library will also host a “Then and Now” photo display, created by the Public History Coordinator of the Sunflower County Library System Jennifer Rose, that will demonstrate the changing businesses and employment in Sunflower County.
The Smithsonian exhibit will be on the second floor of the library, while the complimentary exhibits can be found on the first floor.
This exhibit is a part of the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street program, which serves small-to-medium-sized communities by bringing Smithsonian-quality exhibitions to local community centers.
The Henry M. Seymour Library is the only public library in the state receiving this traveling exhibit.
“This exhibit brings a great opportunity for history buffs, local students studying history and economics, and the general public to see how our way of working has changed over the 150 years. That in itself is a remarkable experience and is very important. One can’t plan one’s future without knowing about one’s past,” said Stone.