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Don't Miss This Opportunity to Bring a Smithsonian Exhibit to Your Town

Don't Miss This Opportunity to Bring a Smithsonian Exhibit to Your Town

Deadline: May 1, 2015 

Oklahoma City, OK -- The Oklahoma Humanities Council (OHC) invites museums, libraries, historical societies, and other community nonprofit organizations in towns with fewer than 20,000 residents to apply to host the Smithsonian Institution's Museum on Main Street traveling exhibition called The Way We Worked. The exhibit will tour six Oklahoma communities from January 2017 through December 2017.

"The Way We Worked is our fifth Smithsonian tour," said Ann Thompson, OHC Executive Director. "Over the years, we've seen how these exhibits act as a catalyst for projects in communities that normally don't have the resources to bring in exhibits of this caliber."

Hosting a Museum on Main Street exhibition offers a community a rare opportunity to increase visitation, visibility, and civic pride. Host sites for each six-week exhibition will be selected based on geographic location, evidence of strong community support, strength of proposed ideas for supplementary events, and physical event space.

OHC staff may conduct a site visit to collect additional information prior to the final host site selection. Applications are due May 1, 2015. OHC will work with an organization every step of the way to ensure a successful tour for their community.

About 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 and view films of various industries. Interactive components convey the experiences of multiple generations of families involved in the same industry.

Building on this national theme, host sites in Oklahoma develop complementary programming or exhibits that highlight their community's work-related history.

Host site applications are available online at http://www.okhumanities.org/. For more information about this opportunity, please contact Caroline Lowery, OHC program officer, at 405/235-0280 or via email at caroline@okhumanities.org. For more information on Museum on Main Street, please visit http://www.museumonmainstreet.org/.