The Smithsonian Institution, National Archives, and Utah Humanities Present: “The Way We Worked” at the Hyrum City Museum


Mexican farm worker in lettuce field, Blythe, California, by Charles O’Rear, May 1972. National Archives, Records of the Environmental Protection Agency

Switchboard operators direct overseas calls, December 1943. National Archives, Records of the Women’s Bureau

In March of 2017, the Hyrum City Museum will be hosting a travelling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution entitled, The Way We Worked. The exhibit will feature photographs from the national archives as well as interactive components which share the effects of industrialization, urbanization, immigration, labor unrest, wars, and economic depression on regular, everyday Americans from the years 1857 to 1987.

To accompany the Smithsonian, the Hyrum City Museum will also be curating a local component of the exhibition, entitled: Tradition and Innovation: Working Together in Hyrum, as well as A Work Worth Doing. The first of these partner exhibits will illustrated the growth and innovation that has developed Hyrum in correlation with the building of the Hyrum Dam, and the growth of the E.A. Miller company (now JBS Blue Ribbon Beef). The second, entitled A Work Worth Doing, focuses on present-day community members  people who enable and support the community of Hyrum and Cache Valley.

The exhibit will open on Saturday, March 25th, 2017 at 10:00 AM and continue until May 13th. If you are interested in volunteering, or becoming a docent for the exhibit, please contact us at 435-245-0208, or submit a volunteer application to

The Way We Worked has been made possible at the Hyrum City Museum by Utah Humanities. The exhibition, created by the National Archives, 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. Find out more about Museum on Main Street programs and The Way We Worked, at:

If you would like to follow the progress of The Way We Worked in Utah, or get more information about the work of Utah Humanities in correlation with the exhibit, click here.


Workman on the framework of the Empire State Building, New York City, ca. 1930-31. National Archives, Records of the Works Progress Administration