Host Toolkit

Welcome to the Host Toolkit for the 2017 Museum on Main Street tour of The Way We Worked.

This toolkit was created for host project directors to gain easy access to the many resources available to plan and prepare for hosting The Way We Worked. This information has been collected and arranged for convenience. Maryland Humanities does not claim ownership of these resources by inclusion in the toolkit. If you have questions about using any of this information, contact program coordinator Theresa Worden.

  • Programming Resources

    The Way We Worked docent and educational materials, reading and film lists, as well as how-to’s for exhibit planning, collecting oral histories, and local programming ideas are available in Program Resources.

    Program RESOURCES

  • Marketing Resources

    Looking for sample press releases, The Way We Worked press images, logos (Smithsonian Institution, National Archives & Maryland Humanities), and crediting information? Find it all in Publicity Materials.

    Publicity materials

    The Way We Worked Invitations, Ad design files, instructions and font packages are part of the Graphics Package.

    Graphics Package

  • Communications & Social Media

    Maryland Humanities will help announce your tour and related programming through several of its communications channels.

    Communications Plan

    Want to make sure that your tweets and Facebook posts receive maximum reach? Tag Maryland Humanities and the Smithsonian-affiliated social media accounts in your posts and allow us to share your great content with our audiences!

    Social Media Toolkit

    Twitter accounts:

    Facebook accounts:

    Relevant Hashtags:

    • #TheWayWeWorked
    • #Smithsonian
    • #humanities
    • #Maryland

    Sample Tweet:

    We’re so excited to bring #Smithsonian exhibition #TheWayWeWorked to our community in 2017! @MDHumanities @MuseumonMainStreet <Insert relevant link or photo>

    Sample Facebook Post:

    Did you hear? The #Smithsonian exhibition #TheWayWeWorked is coming to our museum in 2017! We can’t wait to delve into our town’s unique work history – stay tuned for more details! Thanks to @Sitesexhibitions, @MuseumonMainStreet, and @MarylandHumanities for making this possible.  <Attach relevant link or photo>

  • Exhibit Logistics

    Exhibit script, installation guide, shipping information and crate list.

    Exhibit, Install, Shipping

  • Fundraising and Sponsorship
  • Grants

    Host sites may apply for competitively awarded Maryland Humanities Mini Grants of up to $1,200 or Major Grants of up to $10,000 in our regular grant rounds.  However, only one grant award will be made to a host site/partner for The Way We Worked and all rules for Major and Mini grant rounds apply.

    Grant Programs

    MoMS Opportunity Grant

    Guidelines and application are available for Maryland Humanities’ non-competitive MoMS Opportunity Grant.  Hosts (or their partners) are invited to apply for up to $800 in funding for exhibit development or humanities programs related to The Way We Worked. 

    Opportunity Grant

    To foster creative public humanities programming for sites hosting The Way We Worked in 2017, Maryland Humanities is making funds available to The Way We Worked host sites. The Way We Worked host sites may designate this funding to one specific community partner who is planning public programs directly connected to the exhibit.  If a community partner applies in lieu of the named host site, a letter of authorization from the host site must accompany the application. These opportunity grants of up to $800.00 are not competitive and can be used for exhibit development and public humanities programs related to The Way We Worked programming.


    Deadlines to apply for opportunity grant funding are January 2, March 1, May 1, July 1, September 1. You must apply in advance of any intended expenses and/or programming.

    Smithsonian Youth Access Grant (CLOSED)

    Stories from Main Street

    The Smithsonian Youth Access Grant (YAG) allows host communities to explore topics raised in their Museum on Main Street (MoMS) exhibit in greater depth. Students discover the history of their hometowns by researching primary and secondary source material, conducting and recording oral histories, and analyzing their data to create projects using technology purchased for their community with YAG funds. Deadline is mid-July, 2016.

  • Evaluation Planning

    Evaluation is an important aspect of program planning that should not be overlooked.

  • “The Smithsonian connection gave us new credibility. We were able to track attendance and we’ve seen a continued rise in weekend activity. Based on increased attendance numbers, we’ve decided to keep the museum open year round. Using our guest book, our gung-ho membership chair was able to double the membership in the Friends organization. This enhanced our treasury by a substantial amount and identified many new volunteers.”

    ​Dorry Norris ~ Washington County Rural Heritage Museum, Boonesboro, MD Host Site, Museum on Main Street
  • “The opportunity to host the Smithsonian’s “The Way We Worked” exhibition allowed Sumner Hall to develop meaningful companion exhibits that can remain open to the public in the future. Exhibitions across the county were co-curated by community tradition-bearers, scholars, and college students, empowering citizens of diverse backgrounds to work together to tell their own often-untold stories.”

    Barbara Foster, Vice President, G.A.R. Post #25 Sumner Hall, Chestertown, MD, Host Site, Museum on Main Street
  • “Although “Fences” are down, the reverberations of our initiative are still resonating. The web of collaboration is clearly active. Many “reached across the fence.” Our community is all the stronger for it. The exhibition boasts the largest attendance of any seven week display on campus with a visitor count of over 1,050. Add to that the rich programming amounting to over 25 events which saw attendance again well over 1,000 participants. What is remarkable is the cross section of interest groups and individuals who attended from the three-county area of southern Maryland and beyond. In essence, the rich mosaic that formed attracted a broad range of people and opened a rare exchange of ideas. We witnessed epiphanies!”

    ​Mary Braun ~ Director of the Boyden Gallery, St. Mary’s College, St. Mary’s City, MD Host Site, Museum on Main Street
  • “It was wonderful for us to be able to facilitate this occurrence for it demonstrated to key community stakeholders the power of our museum as an anchor in an old town that is working to draw people downtown and it demonstrated the value of working together on large initiatives.”

    ​Michael Dixon ~ The Historical Society of Cecil County, Elkton, MD, Host Site, Museum on Main Street
  • “[The Museums on Main Street] project was a win-win for the University and community. It enhanced student learning; they gained the ability to explore divisive topics from multiple angles and viewpoints, developed the skills needed to create engaging visual and audio displays, and cultivated an aptitude for envisioning a tangible project from inception through completion, all the while involving them in the local community.”

    ​Kara Rogers Thomas ~ Frostburg State University faculty, and Board Member at Spruce Forest Artisan Village, Grantsville, MD Host Site, Museum on Main Street
  • “Across three months of programming, Kent County witnessed an explosion of 39 free public humanities and arts program presented by more than 20 community partners. Hosted by local churches, businesses, storefronts, art galleries, environmental groups and government agencies, these programs included lectures, exhibitions, walking tours, poster contests, book discussions, school field trips and oral history projects. This wide-ranging and grassroots approach to fostering civic dialogue created a moment for the community to pause and reflect – to consider together its diverse work experiences and shared economic histories while also discussing the county’s economic potential and planning policies moving forward.”

    Barbara Foster, Vice President, G.A.R. Post #25 Sumner Hall, Chestertown, MD, Host Site, Museum on Main Street
  • “We were very proud to have been chosen to partner with the Maryland Humanities on this exhibit project. Small museums, such as ours…are generally not able to field programs of this scope. Maryland Humanities has truly given us an opportunity to bring a nationally recognized program to the City of Bowie and Prince Georges County and have made it easy to reach and stretch and accomplish something that we’ve never done before on this level in our small museum system. The support of Maryland Humanities both financially and professionally is invaluable to us.”

    Pam Williams ~ Belair Manison, City of Bowie Museums, Bowie, MD, Host Site, Museum on Main Street​
  • “The Smithsonian exhibit, Key Ingredients: America By Food, has left the building but not the community. We got a glimpse of what we can do and how we can bring the community together around a common goal. From this day forward, the sky is now the limit for DCHS.”

    ​Carol Lacy ~ Dorchester County Historical Society, Cambridge, MD, Host Site, Museum on Main Street
  • “The project definitely raised the visibility of our organization in western Maryland. Spruce Forest Artisan Village has become a fixture in Garrett County, but it does become taken for granted. This project gave local residents a new reason to make the effort to make a return visit to the Village. Moreover, the programs hosted by the adjacent Penn Alps Restaurant helped us in reaching a new audience.”

    ​Kara Rogers Thomas ~ Frostburg State University faculty, and Board Member at Spruce Forest Artisan Village, Grantsville, MD, Host Site, Museum on Main Street
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