The Way We Worked: A Traveling Exhibition From the Smithsonian Institution

501 E 135th St Romeoville, Il 60446
(815) 722-5370
Dates: Now - May. 8, 2022
Times: open during regular museum hours
Location: Isle a la Cache Museum, 501 E 135th St, Romeoville, Il 60446

“The Way We Worked” explores how work became such a central element in American culture by tracing the many changes that affected the workforce and work environments over the past 150 years. The diversity of the American workforce is one of its strengths, providing an opportunity to explore how people of all races and ethnicities identified commonalities and worked to knock down barriers in the professional world. The exhibition shows how we identify with work—as individuals and as communities.

This exhibition is rich with photos of workers in many industries, plus video and audio components and unique artifacts. Discover the answers to questions like: Where have we worked? How do we work? Who works? And why do we work? Reminisce about the jobs you, your parents and your grandparents have held over the years. Every visitor can relate to “The Way We Worked” using personal experiences to connect with American history. Don’t miss this thought-provoking exhibition!

Kids work, too! When they work hard, they play hard! Drop in and let your kids get to work with activities that accompany the Smithsonian traveling exhibit “The Way We Worked.” Scavenger hunts, coloring sheets, job-related toys, uniform dress-up and more will rotate every two weeks during the exhibition.

“The Way We Worked,” an exhibition created by the National Archives, is adapted for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and made possible with the generous support of the U.S. Congress. It is brought to the Forest Preserve through funding provided by The Nature Foundation of Will County.

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