Smithsonian Exhibit opening soon!

Written by on May 15, 2018

 Press Release – What would life be like without teachers, doctors, firefighters or coal miners? Every day Americans are hard at work on farms, oil fields, factories, offices, and at home keeping our communities thriving. The Campbell County Rockpile Museum, in conjunction with Wyoming Humanities, will explore the professions and the people that sustain American society when it hosts The Way We Worked, a Smithsonian traveling exhibition.

The exhibition’s Grand Opening will be held on Saturday, May 19th from 2:00-4:00 at the Campbell County Rockpile Museum. The Way We Worked, adapted from an original exhibition developed by the National Archives, explores how work has become a central element in American culture. It 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.

American jobs are as diverse as the American workforce. The opportunity provided by work is central to the American dream and has attracted people to better lives in America. With strength, ingenuity, creativity, thoughtfulness, and heroics, American workers keep our economy and our society up and running.

The Way We Worked has been made possible in Campbell County by Wyoming Humanities. This exhibition was created by the National Archives and is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and state humanities councils nationwide. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress.


For more information:

C. C. Rockpile Museum contact: Angela Beenken, 307-682-5723,

Wyoming Humanities contact: Sheila Bricher-Wade, 307-721-9243,

Smithsonian contact: Jennifer Schommer, 202-633-3121,

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