Museum on Main Street - The Way we Worked Exhibition

Lever Brothers office building, New York, ca. 1959. National Archives, Records of the U.S. Information Agency

With busy hands and minds American workers perform a diverse array of jobs to power our society.  Work is part of nearly every American's life, whether for professional satisfaction and personal growth or to ensure the well-being of their families.  In offices, factories, on the road, and at home, millions keep the nation going through contributions to industry and American culture.

The Way We Worked, adapted from the original exhibition developed by the National Archives, explores how work became such a central element in American culture by tracing the many changes that affected the workforce and work environments over the past 150 years.  The exhibition draws from the Archives' rich collections to tell this compelling story.

The diversity of the American workforce is one of its strengths, providing an opportunity to explore how people of all races and ethnicities identified commonalities and worked to knock down barriers in the professional world.  The exhibition shows how we identify with work - as individuals and as communities.

The exhibition invites visitors to hear workers tell their own stories, or view films of various industries.  Interactive components convey the experiences of multiple generations of families involved in the same industry.


Blair Caldwell African American Research Library

2401 Welton St.  Denver, CO 80205

January 2 - February 6, 2015

Free Public Program, Saturday, January 24, 2 p.m.  Dr. James Fell on Colorado Mining and Railroads


Museum of Western Colorado

462 Ute Ave. Grand Junction, CO 81502

February 13 - March 27, 2015

May 2, 2 p.m. Dr. Jay Fell presents a free talk on local Aurora work history


Aurora History Museum

15051 E. Alameda Parkway Aurora, CO 80012

April 3 - May 10, 2015


Steelworks Center of the West

215 Canal St. Pueblo, CO 81004

May 15 - June 26, 2015


For more information, please email Betty Jo Brenner or call (303) 894-7951 x17.