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Dr. Martin T. Olliff
Director, The Wiregrass Archives
Everett Hall 122
Troy University Dothan Campus
PO Box 8368
Dothan, AL  36303-0368
Ph:  334-983-6556 x1327


"The Way We Worked," a Museum on Main Street Exhibit

The Smithsonian Institute's Museum on Main Street program (MoMS) created a traveling version of a National Archives exhibit that documents the history of work in America over the past 150 years.  One of more than a dozen MoMS exhibits, The Way We Worked incorporates text, photographs, sound, and artifacts to examine how work became a central component of American culture since the Second Industrial Revolution that began with the Gilded Age.

MoMS partners with the Alabama Humanities Foundation to bring its exhibits to rural towns in the state.  Alabama was able to secure a second year of exhibiting The Way We Worked, adding six more sites to those visited in 2013-2014.

The Cultural Arts Center of Dothan and Troy University Dothan Campus have partnered to bring The Way We Worked to the Wiregrass.  The Troy Dothan Library, the final installation site in this remarkable two-year run, will host the exhibit May 19 - June 26, 2015.  Visitors can tour the exhibit during regular library hours.  It is free (so is parking) and open to the public.

The Exhibit

The Way We Worked installation consists of five kiosks built from multiple interpretive panels. 

  • Kiosk 1 is the Introduction.
  • Kiosk 2 concerns "Where We Worked." 
  • Kiosk 3 notes "How We Worked." 
  • Kiosk 4 tells us "Who Worked." 
  • Kiosk 5 answers "Why We Worked."

In addition to the Exhibit, The Cultural Arts Center and Troy University Dothan Campus will host, co-host, or co-sponsor a number of public programs.

Upcoming Events and Public Programming

Saturday, JUNE 6, 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM
The PBS Documentary Screening of the “Quiltmakers of Gee’s Bend"
Wiregrass Museum of Art
Free to the public

Thursday, JUNE 11, 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Workshop,"Local History WORKS! Using Your Past to Understand Your Future"
with Dr. John Kvach (Alabama Lead Scholar for "The Way We Worked")
Troy University Dothan Campus

Sunday, JUNE 14, 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Film Screening and Discussion, Brother Joseph and the Grotto
with Director Cliff Vaughn and Producer Carol Ann Cross
St. Columba Catholic Church, Dothan
Free to the public


Past Events and Public Programming

Tuesday, APRIL 14, 6:00 -- 8:00 PM
"History, Art, and Legacy of the Gee's Bend Quilters,"
 Bencze Theater, Cherry Hall, Wallace Community College, Dothan

Saturday, MAY 2, 6:00 PM --
2015 Wiregrass Blues Fest and Gumbo Cook-Off (co-sponsor)
Wiregrass Museum of Art
Ticket Purchase Required

Through Monday, MAY 11
Photography and Art Contest Submissions Accepted
The Cultural Arts Center, Dothan

MAY 18 -- JUNE 20
Youth Visual Art and Photography Contest
At the Cultural Arts Center

MAY 19 -- JUNE 25
"The Way We Worked" Exhibit
Troy University Dothan Campus Library
Free to the public

Saturday, MAY 23, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
A Quilting Bee, a Community Quilting Bee
The Wiregrass Museum of Art
Free to the public

Book Talk, A Difficult Par: Robert Trent Jones, Sr. and the Making of Modern Golf
with author Dr. James Hansen
Highlands Oaks Golf Course, Dothan
Free to the public