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‘The Way We Worked’ at The Museum B.A.


SPECIAL EXHIBITION: This photograph of young women delivering ice in 1918 is one of the many photos on display at “The Way We Worked,” a traveling exhibition on display at The Museum Broken Arrow through July 7.


Courtesy National Archives


Through July 7, The Museum Broken Arrow is exploring the history and significance of the American workforce with “The Way We Worked,” a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum on Main Street program.

The exhibition utilizes videos, historical photos, interactive materials, and historical artifacts to tell the story of the American worker and highlight the impact on society’s culture. The exhibit spans the years 1857-1987, emphasizing the themes of where Americans worked, how they worked, who worked and why they worked.

“‘The Way We Worked’ offers a special opportunity for Oklahomans to experience real pieces of the Smithsonian Institute and National Archives right here in our own community,” says Lori Lewis, executive director of The Museum Broken Arrow. “Broken Arrow has deep roots in the cotton, poultry and coal industries, all of which are highlighted in permanent exhibits at The Museum Broken Arrow.

“‘The Way We Worked,’” paired with the existing collection, encourages visitors to delve into a deeper, more personal story of the human experience through work and how it shaped our hometowns.”

The exhibition is also designed to showcase the major transformations in American workplaces and culture that have taken place by tracing the many changes that affected the workforce and work environments over the past 150 years.

Photographs from the National Archives collection illustrate a workforce whose distinctiveness was shaped by immigration and ethnicity, slavery and racial segregation, wage labor and technology, gender roles and class as well as by the American ideals of freedom and equality. Additionally, these images pay homage to the working men and women of America who built our country.

The Museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Museum admission is $5 per adult or $8 for two adults. Members and children under the age of 18 are admitted for free.

Updated 06-17-2017

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