Museum on Main Street (MoMS) is a cultural project that serves rural America. Oklahoma Humanities partners with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) to bring national touring exhibits to small Oklahoma communities.
Touring in 2017: The Way We Worked
With their hands and minds hard at work and sweat on their brows, American workers perform a diverse array of jobs to power our society. Whether we work for professional satisfaction and personal growth or to ensure the well-being of ourselves and our families, work is a part of nearly every American’s life. Office workers, factory workers, homemakers, truckers and the millions more who keep the nation going through their work make great contributions not only to industry, but also to American culture.
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. And, finally, the exhibition shows how we identify with work - as individuals and as communities. Whether you live in "Steel Town, USA" or wear a uniform each day, work assigns cultural meanings and puts us and our communities in a larger context.
The Way We Worked, adapted from an 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.
Building on this national theme, host sites in Oklahoma will develop complementary programming or exhibits that highlight the history of work in their own hometowns.
Opening February 1, 2017: Perry, OK
Perry Heritage Center
222 6th St.
Perry, OK 73077
Opening March 25, 2017: Grove, OK
Har-Ber Village Museum
4404 W. 20th St.
Grove, OK 74344
Opening May 19, 2017: Broken Arrow, OK
Broken Arrow Historical Society Museum
400 S. Main
Broken Arrow, OK 74012
Opening July 22, 2017: Waurika, OK
Waurika Public Library
203 S. Meridian
Waurika, OK 73573
Opening September 15, 2017: Poteau, OK
The Historic Hotel Lowrey
303 Dewey Ave.
Poteau, OK 74953