The Way We Worked is a fun and nostalgic look back at the history of working people in America. It draws from the rich photographic collections at the National Archives to illustrate the changes in the workforce and work environments.

Interactive videos, audio features, graphics, and work- related objects offer multiple interpretive opportunities for visitors within the colorful panels of photographs. Audio components share workers' stories about changes in their industries, coping with new tools and technologies, and confronting workplace challenges. Films follow workers onto the job in a variety of settings. Visitors will be able to relate their own work experiences to those highlighted in the exhibition.

The Stamford Museum & Nature Center offers a supplementary exhibition that explores the history of the workers at the Newman Mills, built on the banks of the Mianus River in North Stamford between 1726 and 1763. The cluster of water powered mills, including a grist mill, a saw mill, and a woolen mill, was the center of community life in the Riverbank area. The exhibition will focus on work related to the grist mill when it was owned and operated by the Mathews Family, 1856-1916.

The working lives of millers and farmers will be illustrated through agricultural tools and equipment, maps, letters and photographs from the permanent collection of the Stamford Museum & Nature Center, including well documented objects that represent the life-work of Stamford residents.

The Way We Worked was created by the Smithsonian Institution's Museum on Main Street traveling exhibition program and sponsored by Connecticut Humanities, Historic New England, and the Smithsonian Institution.

All photos courtesy of The National Archives.

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Admission is free, but pre-registration is required. To register or for more information, click here or call 203.977.6543.

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Members: FREE | Non-Members: FREE with gate admission.

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