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Smithsonian Exhibition Exploring the American Workforce Coming to the Pioneer Florida Museum

By Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ Posted on December 14, 2016

What would life be like without teachers, doctors or firefighters? Every day Americans are hard at work on farms, factories, in homes or at desks keeping our communities thriving.

The Pioneer Florida Museum & Village, in cooperation with Florida Humanities Council, will explore the professions and the people that sustain American society when it hosts “The Way We Worked,” a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition. This great exhibition will be on view January 28, 2017 through March 18, 2017.

“The Way We Worked,” adapted from an original exhibition developed by the National Archives and Records Administration, explores how work has become a central element in American culture. It traces the many changes that have affected the workforce and work environments over the past 150 years, including the growth of manufacturing and increasing use of technology. The exhibition draws from the Archives’ rich collections, including historical photographs, archival accounts of workers, film, audio and inter-actives, to tell the compelling story of how work impacts our individual lives and the historical and cultural fabric of our communities.

The Pioneer Florida Museum will host field trips, have special programs, lunch and learn, tours, and speakers to enhance the exhibition. Please check the museum website often for updates, www.PioneerFloridaMuseum.org or “Like” them on Facebook to receive updates, www.Facebook.com/PioneerFloridaMuseum

Corporate sponsors, speakers, and volunteer docents are sought by the museum for additional programming.

“This will be the first time a Smithsonian exhibition will be in East Pasco County. We are very pleased to be able to partner with the Smithsonian and Florida Humanities Council to bring “The Way We Worked” to our area,” said Stephanie Black, Executive Director, Pioneer Florida Museum. “It allows us the opportunity to explore this fascinating aspect of our own region’s history, and we hope that it will inspire many to become even more involved in the cultural life in our community.”

“Allowing all of our state’s residents to have access to the cultural resources of our nation’s premiere museum is a priority of the Florida Humanities Council,” said Alex Buell, Program Coordinator. “With this special tour, we are pleased to be working with the Pioneer Florida Museum & Village in Dade City to help develop local exhibitions and public programs to compliment the Smithsonian exhibition.”

“The Way We Worked” is part of Museum on Main Street, a unique collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), state humanities councils across the nation and local host institutions. To learn more about “The Way We Worked” and other Museum on Main Street exhibitions, visit www.museumonmainstreet.org.

Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress.

Complete Florida tour dates and locations of the Smithsonian “The Way We Worked” Exhibition:

Jan 28, 2017 – Mar 18, 2017:        Pioneer Florida Museum & Village, Dade City
Mar 25, 2017 – May 6, 2017:         Art Gallery 21, Wilton Manors
May 13, 2017 – June 24, 2017:      Enterprise Preservation Society
July 1, 2017 – Aug 12, 2017:           Polk County History Center, Bartow
Aug 19, 2017 – Sept 30, 2017:       Lake Wales Museum, Lake Wales
Oct 7, 2017 – Nov 18, 2017:            Tarpon Springs Center for Folklife

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