Exhibition: “How Our Working Lives Have Changed: Allegany County 1877-2017”

Date(s) - February 4, 2017 - March 24, 2017
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Allegany Museum
3 Pershing St, Cumberland, MD, 21502, Western Maryland
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The Way We Worked, a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition, will open at Allegany Museum on February 4. Each of the five Museum on Main Street (MoMS) venues chosen to host The Way We Worked develops a complementary exhibit highlighting their community’s local work stories and histories. Local exhibits and related programming will highlight the often-untold stories of people in each host site’s community.

In Allegany Museum’s companion exhibit, How Our Working Lives Have Changed: Allegany County 1877-2017, visitors will experience the development of safe workplaces, compensation for work-related death and injury, reasonable hours of work, freedom of association, and collective bargaining through three dioramas:

  • B&O and the Great Strike of 1877
  • Labor Day marches and the development of local labor unions
  • The Celanese Corp and the struggle for union representation

The museum will be open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays 1 to 4 p.m.

This exhibition is the fifth Museum on Main Street project brought to small communities in the state by Maryland Humanities.  Adapted from an original exhibition developed by the National Archives, The Way We Worked 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.

Follow The Way We Worked and its five stops throughout Maryland.

Maryland Humanities is a statewide, educational nonprofit organization that creates and supports educational experiences in the humanities that inspire all Marylanders to embrace lifelong learning, exchange ideas openly, and enrich their communities.
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Baltimore, Maryland 21201-4565
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