Every day, Americans are hard at work doing whatever it takes to keep this great nation of ours thriving. Whether on farms or in factories, offices or classrooms, on the streets or in outer space, work is and always has been a major part of all of our lives. The Smithsonian Institute is recognizing and celebrating the American worker (past and present) through a wonderful traveling exhibit called “The Way We Worked”.
“The Way We Worked” shows the history of Americans working together, predominantly through powerful photographs culled from the national archive’s rich collection. They tell a compelling story of our American culture and show some of the fascinating ways work has changed over the last century. Besides the photos, “The Way We Worked” also features artifacts, presentations by scholars, engaging film and audio presentations and interesting interactive displays, all communicating how work impacts our lives individually and as a community. In an effort to continually grow and enrich their content, the Smithsonian encourages visitors to share their own work stories for their archives.
The exhibit is currently on display at the Tunica Museum in Tunica, Mississippi, located off Highway 61, across from Paul Battle Arena. Admission is free and it is open to the public on Tuesdays through Saturdays till Tuesday, July 15. It is being sponsored by the Museum and the Mississippi Humanities Council.
Besides the Smithsonian exhibit, the museum is also presenting their own exhibit which includes a recreation of “Grandpa’s Office”, two movies about farming (one from 1938 and one from the present), vintage business equipment and their equivalents, and much more.
Once you are done viewing the exhibits, stick around and check out the rest of the museum for a look into the town’s fascinating history. There are lots of videos, displays, artifacts, a nice little gift shop and an area memorializing the local veterans.
I highly recommend that you visit the Tunica Museum and experience this wonderful exhibit…even if you have to take a day off from work to do so!
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This is just one of the great things to do and see in Tunica, MS. For more great ideas of what to see in and around town, visit Escape to the Southeast.