The Way We Worked Exhibition


#UtahWorks! Explore how work became such a central element in American culture by tracing the many changes that affected the workforce and work environments over the past 150 years!

The Way We Worked  is a traveling exhibition created by the Smithsonian Institution and the National Archives. Utah Humanities is touring the exhibition to six communities around Utah from January 2017 to January 2018.

Visit The Way We Worked, enjoy related community exhibitions, and participate in great local programming in Ogden, Hyrum, Castle Dale, Fillmore, Leeds, and Park City!

WINNER of the 2018 Leadership in History Award from the American Association for State and Local History. 


Utah Tour Details 

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How Do You Make a Living?

With busy hands and minds, American workers perform a diverse array of jobs to power our society. Whether we work for professional satisfaction, personal growth, or to ensure the wellbeing of ourselves and our families, work is a part of nearly every American’s life. Office workers, factory workers, homemakers, truckers, and the millions more who keep the nation going through their work make great contributions to American culture and industry. Rediscover the strength and spirit of American workers through rare archival images, compelling videos, and fascinating interviews.

Young women deliver ice, 1918. National Archives, Record of the War Department General and Special Staffs.

"I thought the exhibit was extremely thought-provoking. It gives people a sense of how important work and workers are to our everyday lives."  – Exhibition Visitor


Visit The Way We Worked and participate in great local activities!


Special thanks to the Utah Museum of Fine Arts for providing education outreach programming for museum staff, teachers, and students at each tour location.


Throughout 2017, listen to a new #UtahWorks story each week on The Beehive Archive. Tune in on KCPW and Utah Public Radio, or stream the whole collection at our Utah Stories from the Beehive Archive website.

Utah Resources

We Want to Hear Your Work Story!

Help collect and share #UtahWorks stories! 

Explore Other Stories!

Books, Films, and Resources for Educators!

Find More Utah Work Stories Online

Utah has amazing work stories! Visit the Utah Division of State History's publications and collections to search through the Utah Historical Quarterly archives, as well as dozens of other local resources. Here are some great places to start! 

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The Way We Worked has been made possible in Utah 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.

The Utah tour of The Way We Worked is presented by Utah Humanities in partnership with local exhibition hosts: Ogden Union Station Museums, Hyrum City Museum, Museum of the San Rafael, Territorial Statehouse State Park Museum with President Millard Fillmore Library, Silver Reef Museum, and Park City Museum. 


Many thanks to our partners and generous funders for their support of The Way We Worked.