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About this collection

The Way We Worked is a Smithsonian traveling exhibition that will be displayed February 2017 in Allegany County, Maryland. The Western Maryland Heritage Association is presenting exhibitions about ‘the way we worked’ at six locations in Allegany County in conjunction with Maryland Humanities and the Smithsonian. The Allegany Museum in Cumberland will trace the changes that have affected the American workforce and work environments over the past 150 years. The other venues include exhibitions about migrant labor at the Luke Paper Mill at the Williams Museum in Westernport, the lives of coal miners at Frostburg Museum, farm work at Mountain City Traditional Arts, the history of Cumberland glass at the C. Gilchrist Gallery and Museum, the working lives of canal boatmen, mule drivers, boatyard workers, and lock tenders at the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park Visitor Center, and servant life of the late 19th and early 20th century at the Gordon-Roberts House. 

 

Allegany County Library System's contribution to the exhibit is this collection of photographs from three families - two mainly involved in agriculture and one in the development of the Polaris rocket with the Allegany Ballistics Laboratory. We are grateful to Sally Stanton Jarrett, Renee Mason and Tina Midgarden for sharing their families' photographs and history, and for Joni Reed's assistance in setting up the scanning sessions.  

 

The Way We Worked

 

Western Maryland Regional Library has a number of other collections which fit in the notion of The Way We Worked. One is the Rosie the Riveter collection, women who worked on the home front during World War II in munitions plants and military installations. Another is the Silk Mill, Lonaconingin operation from 1907-1957.

 

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