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


What could be a better family activity for a Saturday morning than coming to see “The Way We Worked”? This family was the first to arrive on opening morning.

In March of 2017, the Hyrum City Museum hosted a travelling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution entitled, The Way We Worked. The exhibit featured 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.

The interactive question, “What is Your Dream Job?” got loads of responses!

To accompany the Smithsonian, the Hyrum City Museum also curated 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 illustrates 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 who enable and support the community of Hyrum and Cache Valley. Though the traveling exhibit has now moved on to other Utah museums, this portion of the exhibit is still on display.

Museum visitors and volunteers at the opening of “The Way We Worked”

The Way We Worked was 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:

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

H2O Today In The Bear River Heritage Area

H2O Today is a traveling exhibition created by the Smithsonian Institution and brought to you by Utah Humanities and the Bear River Heritage Area. H2O Today is part of Think Water Utah, a statewide collaboration and conversation on the critical topic of water presented by Utah Humanities and its partners. H2O Today was on display at the Hyrum City Museum as part of the Bear River Heritage Area from August 7, 2021, through February 5, 2022.

Click here for the official calendar of H2O Today in the Bear River Heritage Area.

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