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  • READER SUBMITTED: Smithsonian's The Way We Worked Exhibit Coming to Nathan Hale Homestead

    As part of the year-long Connecticut at Work initiative, Coventry will host The Way We Worked, an exhibition created by the Smithsonian Institution that draws on the National Archives' rich photographic collections to document 150 years of changing work life in America. The free exhibition will be on view in the Nathan Hale Homestead, 2299 South St., Coventry from Aug. 9 to Sept. 14. The exhibition has been touring the state, and the Coventry location is the fifth of seven stops. As part of Connecticut at Work, the Nathan Hale Homestead, the local library and other historic and educational venues in the region will sponsor author talks, films, music, theater, art, community conversations, storytelling, local history and book discussions relating to work during August and September. For example, on Sunday, Aug. 17 at the Nathan Hale Homestead, The Shirt Off My Back exhibit will open, featuring entries in a poster contest to create images of people at work in Connecticut's past, present and future. The exhibit will remain open while The Way We Worked exhibit is in Coventry. At the Windham Textile & History Museum in Willimantic, on Sept. 1, from 6 to 8 p.m., Connecticut at Work organizers will host a reenactment of the 1912 Willimantic Labor Strike. People are invited to dress as mill workers circa 1900-1912 and learn the chorus of two or three labor songs with music historian Rick Spencer. Participants will have the chance to paint messages on picket signs, walk the footsteps of the 1912 strikers and hear a rousing, inspirational speech by Elizabeth Gurley Flynn. On Sept. 21, the Windham Textile & History Museum will host a talk, from 4 to 6 p.m., about the bitter, hard-fought American Thread Company strike of 1925. Admission:$5 And on Sept. 30, the Booth & Dimock Memorial Library in Coventry will host the Getting Into Work performance by Sea Tea Improve, from 3-4 p.m. With input from the audience, the one-act play brings scenes from work and the workplace humorously to life. Connecticut at Work is a year-long initiative of Connecticut Humanities about the past, present and future of work life in Connecticut. For a calendar of events and more information, visit Connecticut at Work online at http://www.cthumanities.org/ctatwork . The Way We Worked in Connecticut is a partnership with Historic New England and Connecticut Humanities (CTH). CTH, a statewide nonprofit that funds, produces and promotes cultural experiences for residents and visitors across the state, is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Way We Worked, an 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.
  • AG ends investigation of National Museum of Industrial History

    AG ends investigation of National Museum of Industrial History
    The state attorney general's office has concluded its investigation into the finances of the National Museum of Industrial History in Bethlehem and construction on the long-overdue project could begin this fall, according to museum interim CEO L....

    African American Museum director Charmaine Jefferson steps down

    African American Museum director Charmaine Jefferson steps down
    Charmaine Jefferson is resigning after 11 years as executive director of the California African American Museum in Exposition Park, to focus on an arts consulting business attuned to audience-building and education. Jefferson, 60, said Friday is her...

    Scientist's vine research could illuminate climate change

    MILWAUKEE Stefan Schnitzer wields an unusual instrument for a scientist a machete. Schnitzer, of the School of Freshwater Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, studies woody vines in the...

    Tiny Pacific state town feels echoes of NFL Redskins flap

    Tiny Pacific state town feels echoes of NFL Redskins flap
    This little town of 928 with its one grocery store, one gas station and one stop sign is far, far away from the national controversies of the day. To get here, you drive about an hour north of Spokane, past fields of barley, wheat and canola with...