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Submitted by Bonnie Prigmore Director- LeFlore County Historical Society


What would life be like without teachers, doctors or firefighters? Every day Americans are hard at work on farms, factories, in homes or at desks keeping our communities thriving.


The LeFlore County Historical Society, in cooperation with Oklahoma Humanities continues its exploration of the American workforce as it hosts the local showing of “The Way We Worked,” a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition. “The Way We Worked” will be on view at the LeFlore County Museum, Poteau, OK September 15, through November 11, 2017.

Hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11 to 3.

The LeFlore County Museum and the surrounding community was expressly chosen by Oklahoma Humanities to host “The Way We Worked” as part of the Museum on Main Street Project – a national/state/local partnership to bring exhibitions and programs to rural cultural organizations. Poteau is one of five communities in Oklahoma to host the exhibit. After it leaves Poteau, it will return to the Smithsonian.

“The Way We Worked,” adapted from an original exhibition 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 exhibition draws from the Archives’ rich collections, including historical photographs, archival accounts of works, film, audio and interactives, to tell the compelling story of how work impacts our individual lives and the historical and cultural fabric of our communities.

“The Way We Worked” is part of the Museum on Main Street, a unique collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), state humanities councils across the nation and local host institutions. To learn more visit, or

We are very pleased to have this exhibit in Poteau.


To schedule a tour call Director Bonnie Prigmore at 918-647-9330. We hope to have all the schools in the community tour the exhibit.






David Deaton

Digital Editor at Oklahoma Welcome

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