The project is a national, state and local partnership created to bring exhibitions and programs to rural cultural organizations. “The Way We Worked” explores the professions and people that sustain American society, and will be open for view March 9 through April 12.
The exhibit, adapted from an exhibition by the National Archives and Records Administration, delves into how work has become a key element in American culture.
By detailing the changes to the workforce and work environments, the exhibition shows the growth of manufacturing and increased use of technology over the past 150 years.
The exhibit in Boulder Creek consists of photographs, flip books, artifact displays and text panels, video screens and historical songs, and a collection of workers’ hats that all displays the historical and cultural importance of how work impacts individual lives and the community.
The exhibit last was housed at Bonita Museum in San Diego, and the next stop is Merced County Courthouse Museum in Merced. This is the first year the exhibit has made it to the west coast.
The Museum on Main Street project is a collaboration of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, state humanities councils, which is Exhibit Envoy in California, and local host institutions like the SLV Museum.
Lynda Phillips, SLV Museum Executive Director said in a press release that the museum is pleased to bring the exhibit to Boulder Creek.
“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.”
Exhibit Envoy’s Project Manager Lexie Smith Kliebe said that a priority of the organization is to bring access to the Smithsonian’s cultural resources to California residents.
“With this special tour, we are pleased to be working with the San Lorenzo Valley Museum to help develop local exhibitions,” Kliebe said in a release.
For more information about “The Way We Worked” and Museum on Main Street, visit www.museumonmainstreet.org. To learn more about SITES, visit www.sites.si.edu. For other information, visit www.exhibitenvoy.org, www.slvmuseum.com or call SLV Museum at 338-8382. There will be a private reception held for the exhibit’s opening.
The SLV Museum, 12547 Highway 9 in Boulder Creek, is open 12 to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday.