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Event Dates: June 24, 2015

Join local leaders in business and higher education to consider the changing nature of the job market, and potential senarios of future employment landscapes.  Thediscussion is part of the opening events for The Way We Worked, as Smithsonian traveling exhibit exploring work in the uS since the 19th century.

Wednesday, June 24, 5:30-7:30pm, green|spaces, 63

East main Street, Chattanooga

Event Dates: June 20, 2015 - July 19, 2015

The Smithsonian exhibit, "The Way We Worked," will be on view at green|spaces in Chattanooga, June 20th-July 19th. 

Event Dates: June 6, 2015 - July 19, 2015

The Greeneville-Greene County History Museum hosts "Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program, 1942-1964," a bilingual exhibit exploring the US's largest guest worker program with Mexico. 

Event Dates: May 30, 2015

"The Way We Worked" Smithsonian exhibit is now on view at the Martha O'Bryan Center. On Saturday, May 30th, between 11 am and 3 pm, middle school students in the Thrive! program will provide tours of the exhibit and lead interactive acitvites. 

The Martha O'Bryan Center is located at 711 S 7th St, Nashville, 37206. 

Event Dates: May 9, 2015

Join the Martha O'Bryan Center for a screening a select short films from the Nashville Docujournal centering on work and jobs in Nashville in conjunction with the exhibition The Way We Worked. The filmmakers will facilitate a discussion following the screening. To find out more about the films click here.

Saturday, May 9, 1-2pm at the Martha O'Bryan Center, 711 South 7th Street, Nashville

Event Dates: May 9, 2015 - June 13, 2015

What would life be like without teachers, doctors or firefighters? Every day Americans are hard at work on farms, f

Event Dates: April 23, 2015

Part of a series of public programs in conjuction with the Smithsonian's The Way We Worked exhibit, Dr. Lee will discuss the evolution of work in the tri-cities as the area became urban.

Thursday, April 23, 6:30-8pm, in the Jones Meeting Room at the Johnson City Public Library.  The Way We Worked is on view at the library through May 2, 2015.

Click here for the complete series of programs.

Event Dates: April 11, 2015 - May 2, 2015


The Way We Worked exhibition uses large-scale images, audio/video recordings, and artifacts to explore the history and meaning of work in American society across regions and over time.

In addition to hosting the exhibit, the Johnson City Public Library will present a variety of public programs linking the national story to local history and current issues.  Click here for a complete list of events.

The exhibit is on view at the library April 11-May 2, 2015.

The Way We Worked

Humanities Tennessee presents The Way We Worked, a Museum on Main Street (MoMS) exhibit tour project in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution's Traveling Exhibition Service. The Way We Worked uses large-scale images, audio/video recordings, and artifacts to explore the history and meaning of work in American society across regions and over time.

Barn Again! Celebrating an American Icon

Barn Again! gave exhibition visitors new ways to consider a familiar icon. Using farm architecture and its adaptations, the exhibition explored agricultural changes and major movements in American history such as 19th century European immigration, westward migration, and the rise of large-scale, industrial farming in the 20th century. Panels, photographs, and artifacts, including an architectural scale model of an English barn, examples of nails, roofing and a mortise and tenon joint illustrate this agricultural history.

Produce for Victory: Posters on the American Home Front, 1941-1945

Using the popular appeal of Madison Avenue advertising and the Hollywood look, World War II posters urged every American on the home front to be a production soldier in the effort to win World War II. They encouraged citizens to boost production in the factories and to save and sacrifice in the home. The populace received a daily dose of propaganda through the bold graphics of the posters that hung on factory walls, offices, and grocery store windows throughout the country.

Key Ingredients: Tennessee by Food

Key Ingredients: America by Food is a provocative and thoughtful look at the historical, regional, and social traditions that merge in everyday meals and celebrations. Through a selection of artifacts, photographs, and illustrations, Key Ingredients provides a lively cultural history in which food and food traditions are used to explore cultural settlement and expansion, regional identity, immigration, social change, and community life.