The Way We Worked

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.

Please join us for our grand opening on Friday, July 21st at 9:00 AM

Exhibit Dates

July 21-September 9th

Thursdays 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am- 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

“The Way We Worked” a Traveling Smithsonian Exhibit, is made possible by Maryland Humanities, The Brunswick Heritage Museum, Frederick County Public Libraries, The Delaplaine Foundation, Brunswick Main Street, Burkittsville Ruritan Club, Wayne and Vicki Allgaier, Don Peterson, Peter Wenner, Dan & Rosanne Roe, Ed Waters, Kevin Gordon, Walt Stull, Diane Ellis, and Jim & Sandy Cox!