Maryland Humanities Announces Fourth Stop on its Statewide Tour of Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition

July 18, 2017


(Baltimore) – Maryland Humanities is pleased to announce that its statewide tour of The Way We Worked, a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition, will open at its fourth stop in Brunswick on Friday, July 21 at 9 a.m. The Brunswick Heritage Museum will host the exhibition and along with its local partner, the Brunswick Public Library, will feature companion exhibits and programming across the county highlighting Frederick County’s work history.

The companion exhibition at Brunswick Heritage Museum will explore Brunswick’s working past and present, showcasing local geology, homesteaders, the C&O Canal, the B&O Railroad, local stores and unions, and much more. The exhibition will be on view through September 9 on the following days: Thursdays from 10 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., Fridays from 10 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Admission to the exhibition and the Heritage Museum’s model railroad is free.

Upcoming related programming will include a screening of a movie showcasing Brunswick’s past and created by the Brunswick Branch Library’s Teen Movie Makers; a genealogy series; a living history series exploring World War II from the Allied Airmens’ Preservation Society; and even “The Way We Played”: a celebration of classic games and toys. Explore all upcoming events at

“We’re delighted to bring The Way We Worked to five small communities across the state and celebrate Maryland’s diverse and engaging work history, from the paper and steel mills of the 19th Century to the technology boom of today. We hope you’ll join us in exploring the rich local history unearthed through each community’s companion exhibit and programming,” said Phoebe Stein, executive director of Maryland Humanities.

The Way We Worked will be on view at Brunswick Heritage Museum from July 21–September 9, 2017. Brunswick Heritage Museum is located at 40 West Potomac Street in Brunswick, MD. Learn more at

The Way We Worked in Frederick County has been made possible in part by the Delaplaine Foundation.


The Way We Worked is the fifth Museum on Main Street (MoMS) project brought to our state by Maryland Humanities.  The traveling exhibition, 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. Each host site develops a companion exhibit and educational programs for their communities for a seven-week period that tells their local work story.

Local host sites unearth stories and develop community partnerships to bring the Smithsonian traveling exhibition to life through the lens of their own community history.

The Way We Worked Maryland Tour

February 3–March 24, 2017 Western Maryland Heritage Association, Cumberland, Allegany County
March 31–May 20, 2017 Sumner Hall (G.A.R. Post 15), Chestertown, Kent County
May 26–July 15, 2017 Carroll County Farm Museum, Westminster, Carroll County
July 21­­–September  9, 2017 Brunswick Heritage Museum, Brunswick, Frederick County
September 15–November 4, 2017 Salisbury University Art Galleries, Salisbury, Wicomico County


About Museum on Main Street
The Way We Worked is made possible in Maryland by Maryland Humanities. The Way We Worked is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and State Humanities Councils nationwide.  The Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service  brings high-quality traveling exhibits to small communities through their own Main Street museums, historical societies, and other cultural venues.  Residents enthusiastically engage with exhibition content, and diverse community members come together to share and celebrate their heritage. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress.

Maryland Humanities is a statewide 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. For more information, visit Maryland Humanities is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the State of Maryland, private foundations, corporations, small businesses, and individual donors.

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