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Study of the American Experience

“The Way We Worked,” a traveling exhibition at Sumner Hall


Date: May 19 - July 7

Smithsonian Museum On Main Street Program, April 1- May 20, 2017

The Smithsonian’s “The Way We Worked” traveling exhibition will be on display at historic Sumner Hall along with a “Kid’s Corner” activity area from Saturday, April 1 through Saturday, May 20, 2017. 

Work and the workplace have gone through enormous changes between the mid-19th century, when 60 percent of Americans made their living as farmers, and the late-20th century, with its shift from an industrial to a knowledge-based economy. The Way We Worked reveals the effects of industrialization, urbanization, immigration, labor unrest, wars, and economic depression on ordinaryworking Americans, whether they worked on the water, on a farm tractor, at a typewriter, or on an packing plant assembly line. 

The first floor of Sumner Hall will feature locally produced exhibitions about “The Black Labor Experience in Kent County: Free and Enslaved; Founders and Soldiers; and Tools of the Trade.” There will also be an “oral history” presentation of “Contemporary Work Stories.”

Exhibition Hours: Tuesdays-Thursdays, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; Fridays, noon to 7:00 p.m.; Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; and Sundays, noon to 4:00 p.m.