Smithsonian exhibition exploring the American workforce coming to DeRidder

DERIDDER -- 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 City of DeRidder, in cooperation with Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, will explore the professions and the people that sustain American society when it hosts “The Way We Worked,” a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition. “The Way We Worked” will be on view at the Beauregard Parish Library in DeRidder from March 29 through May 10.
The City of DeRidder and the surrounding community have been expressly chosen by the Louisiana Endowment for the 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.
The exhibition will tour five communities in Louisiana.
“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 workers, 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.
“We are very pleased to be able to bring “The Way We Worked” to our area,” said Ashley Rush, City of DeRidder Project Coordinator. “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.”
“Allowing all of our state’s residents to have access to the cultural resources of our nation’s premiere museum is a priority of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities said Brian Boyles, Director of Public Relations and Programs. “With this special tour, we are pleased to be working with Beauregard Parish Library and the City of DeRidder to help develop local exhibitions and public programs to compliment the Smithsonian exhibition.”
Such free events include a local timber exhibit, downtown walking tour, Downtown at Sundown featuring “When I Grow up”, a panel discussion on the evolution of the way we worked, and a lecture on the timber history of Beauregard Parish.
“The Way We Worked” is part of 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 about “The Way We Worked” and other Museum on Main Street exhibitions, visit Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress.
SITES connects millions of Americans with their shared cultural heritage through a wide range of art, science and history exhibitions. State humanities councils, located in each state and U.S. territory, support community-based humanities programs that highlight such topics as local history, literature and cultural traditions. To learn more, visit or
The Beauregard Parish Library is located at 205 S Washington Avenue. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
For more information, contact the City of DeRidder at 462-8900.

Note: The photos in this article were provided by the City of DeRidder.
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