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Smithsonian exhibit showcasing the American workforce coming to Cedar Key

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What would life be like without teachers, doctors or firefighters? Everyday, Americans are hard at work on farms, factories, in homes, or at desks keeping our communities thriving. The Cedar Key Historical Museum, in cooperation with the 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. “The Way We Worked” will be on view from Saturday, Sept. 13, through Sunday, Oct. 24.
Cedar Key and the surrounding community have been expressly chosen by the Florida Humanities Council to host “The Way We Worked” as part of the Museum on Main Street project (MoMS) a national/state/local partnership to bring exhibitions and programs to rural cultural organizations. The exhibition will tour six communities in Florida from Sept. 13 through July 4, 2015.
“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 interactives, to tell the compelling story of how work impacts our individual lives and the historical and cultural fabric of our communities.
“We are very pleased to be able to bring “The Way We Worked” to our area,” said Cedar Key Historical Museum President Ken Young. “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 of 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 Janine Farver, Executive Director. “With this special tour, we are pleased to be working with Cedar Key to help develop local exhibitions and public programs to compliment the Smithsonian exhibition.”
Such free events and experiences include: wildlife refuge highlights, clam farming, aquaculture and art gallery exhibitions, A Taste of Cedar Key involving local restaurants’ presentations, and much more. The last week of the Smithsonian’s visit will culminate in the area’s famous and long-standing Cedar Key Annual Seafood Festival on Oct. 18–19. The Way We Worked will close on Oct. 24.
“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.
SITES connects millions of Americans with their shared cultural heritage through a wide range of art, science and history exhibitions. State humanities councils, located in each state and U.S. territory, support community-based humanities programs that highlight such topics as local history, literature and cultural traditions. The Cedar Key Historical Museum serves the local community by encouraging and fostering interest in the area’s history and acting as a steward of the surrounding area, preserving its unique heritage. To learn more, visit www.cedarkeyhistoricalmuseum.org and the www.flahum.org sites.