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August 22, 2013

'The Way We Worked' honors hard work Americans have done

Smithsonian exhibit on American workers' history comes to city


There will be a special one-night showing of the 1975 documentary, “If it Fits,” which tells the story of how Fire Chief Lewis Burton ran for mayor against George Katsaros that year and beat him, as the city debated how to rebound from the dying shoe industry that cost many jobs.

Cleary said the date and time of the showing will be announced.

“The Way We Worked,” adapted from an original exhibit developed by the National Archives and Records Administration, 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.

The exhibit draws from National Archives collections, including historical photographs, archival accounts of workers, film, audio and interactives, to tell the story of workers’ lives and the historical and cultural fabric of communities.

“We are very pleased to be able to bring ‘The Way We Worked’ to our area,” Williams said. “It allows us the opportunity to explore this fascinating aspect of our own region’s history, and we hope that it will inspire many to become even more involved in the cultural life of our community.”

To learn more about “The Way We Worked” and other Museum on Main Street exhibitions, visit www.museumonmainstreet.org. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.


What: “The Way We Worked,” a traveling Smithsonian exhibit, and “The Way Haverhill Worked,” a collection of images from Haverhill businesses past and present

Where: Haverhill Historical Society/Buttonwoods Museum, 240 Water St.

When: Aug. 24 to Oct. 6, Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

More information: Call 978-374-4626, online at www.haverhillhistory.org

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