Dig out your old work uniforms, caps, badges, and the like, and come along to the Grand Opening of The Way We Worked 3:00 pm, Saturday February 4, at the Allegany Museum. Wear items of dress related to a place you or a family member have worked in Allegany County.
Visitors to the opening will have the opportunity to have their favorite story about work recorded at the end of the opening ceremony. The stories recorded will become part of the Way We Worked display at Allegany Museum, and will be placed on the Museum website.
During the Opening Event, visitors will be able to see the central Smithsonian exhibition which traces the changes that have affected the American workforce and work environments over the past 150 years.
Allegany Museum will tell the story of the improvement in working conditions in Allegany County from 1877 to 2017. A series of dioramas will show the development of railroad work from the B&O in 1877 to todays’ CSX, illustrate the workers’ struggle for their rights at the Celanese Corporation, and tell the history of local labor organizations.
Local companies and labor unions have provided documents, artifacts, and access to staff to support these displays, and local students have created audio visual histories.
The Western Maryland Heritage Association is presenting exhibitions about ‘the way we worked’ at six locations in Allegany County in conjunction with Maryland Humanities and the Smithsonian. The other venues in the Western Maryland Heritage Association event include exhibitions about migrant labor at the Luke Paper Mill at the Williams Museum in Westernport, the lives of coal miners at Frostburg Museum, farm work at Mountain City Traditional Arts, the history of Cumberland glass at the C. Gilchrist Gallery and Museum, the working lives of canal boatmen, mule drivers, boatyard workers, and lock tenders at the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park Visitor Center, and servant life of the late 19th and early 20th century at the Gordon-Roberts House.
Refreshments will be served at the opening event.
All exhibitions are free, and open during each venue’s usual opening hours. Please contact each venue for more details, or call Allegany Museum 301-777-7200, or email email@example.com.