"The way we worked" Smithsonian exhibition opens Saturday

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By Brian Garner

Volunteers worked diligently on Thursday at Chester City Hall assembling the parts of the travelling exhibition of the Smithsonian Institution known as “The Way We Worked.” The exhibition of photographs and artifacts that examines work in America over the last 150 years opens June 24 and runs through Aug. 6.

The event will begin on June 24 at 9:30 a.m. with the Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening of the main exhibition at Chester City Hall.

A brochure on the exhibition produced by the S.C. Humanities explains it this way: ‘The Way We Worked is a Smithsonian traveling exhibition that draws from the National Archives’ photographic and artifact collections to tell the story of work in American culture.’

‘It traces the many changes that have affected the workforce and environments during the past 150 years.’

The Way We Worked features graphics, audio components, photo flipbooks, film and numerous artifacts on the history of the workforce.’

Admission to the exhibition is free and during the hours of operation, trained docents will be on hand to explain the exhibition and guide visitors through it, if they so choose.

During the period the exhibition is in Chester, local programming designed to complement the exhibition will take place throughout the county.

Please visit The Way We Worked – Chester, SC Facebook page and www.thewayweworkedchester.com website for more details.