Traveling exhibit tells the history of U.S. jobs

Historic photo of U.S. workplace
Historic photo of U.S. workplace as part of Smithsonian Travel Museum "The Way We Worked" exhibit.

PLAINWELL, Mich. (WOOD) Summer travel can be more than entertaining… it can be educational too! If you can’t make it all the way to Washington D.C. for a little history lesson, part of the Smithsonian is headed west! The Smithsonian Travel Museum “The Way We Worked” will be in Plainwell starting June 13.

The exhibit draws images from the National Archives’ photographic collections to tell the story of work in American culture. The emphasis is on the many changes that have affected the workforce and environments over the past 150 years.

Historic photo of U.S. workplace

Historic photo of U.S. workplace









In addition to stirring images, the exhibit will feature graphics, an audio component, photo flip books, videos and a number of artifacts. You can see how far the workplace has evolved by taking this visual trip back in time to see some of the jobs that truly helped to build this great country.

A grand opening for the exhibition will be at 10 a.m. on June 13 at Plainwell City Hall. After welcoming remarks by Mayor Rick Brooks, a talk will be given on The Worst Jobs in American History followed by a Lego assembly line at 2 p.m. You can get all the details and plan your trip to see it by going to or check out Smithsonian Visits Plainwell on Facebook. The exhibit runs through July 19.

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