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March 21, 2014

Smithsoniam exhibit coming to Pell City

PELL CITY —

The Pell City Center for Education and Performing Arts (CEPA), in cooperation with Alabama Humanities Foundation, will explore the professions and the people that sustain American society when it hosts The Way We Worked, a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition.

The exhibit will be on view July 19 to Aug. 23, at CEPA on the campus of Pell City High School.

Pell City and St. Clair County have been expressly chosen by the Alabama Humanities Foundation to host The Way We Worked as part of the Museum on Main Street project, a national/state/local partnership to bring exhibitions and programs to rural cultural organizations. The exhibition will tour five other communities in Alabama from July 2014 through June 2015, including Athens, Valley, Cullman, Demopolis and Dothan.

Adapted from an original exhibition developed by the National Archives and Records Administration, The Way We Worked answers the question, ‘What would life be like without every-day Americans who work hard on farms, factories, in homes or at desks to keep our communities thriving?”   It explores how work has become a central element in American culture and traces the many changes that have affected the workforce and work environments over the past 150 years, including the growth of manufacturing and increasing use of technology.

The exhibition draws from the archives’ collections, including historical photographs, archival accounts of workers, film, audio and interactives, to tell the story of how work impacts our individual lives and the historical and cultural fabric of our communities.

“We are very pleased to be able to bring The Way We Worked to our area,” said project director Pam Foote, a former high school guidance counselor who retired from the Pell City School System as system test coordinator. “It allows us the opportunity to explore this fascinating aspect of our own region’s history, and we hope that it will inspire many to become even more involved in the cultural life of our community.”

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