Museum on Main Street

The Way We Worked

The Way We Worked

Museum on Main Street brings the world-famous Smithsonian museum to communities across Nebraska.  These changing exhibitions focus on our national history and culture. Working with small museums, libraries and other hometown organizations, Humanities Nebraska develops events around these traveling exhibitions. By combining resources, Museum on Main Street brings quality cultural programs to rural citizens and sparks lasting professional improvement for small-town cultural organizations.

Museum on Main Street is a partnership between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and state humanities councils nationwide that serves the small-town museums and citizens of rural America.

Humanities Nebraska presents “The Way We Worked” in 2015-16.

The Way We Worked

From Fall 2015 through Spring 2016,  seven Nebraska communities will take turns hosting “The Way We Worked.” The Way We Worked, adapted from an original exhibition developed by the National Archives, explores 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 exhibition draws from the Archives’ rich collections to tell this compelling story.

Watch the trailer!


Put yourself into this exhibit!

You can be part of “The Way We Worked” exhibit by submitting your own “work selfie” to be part of our special display, “The Way Nebraska Works.”

  1. Take a photo of yourself/coworkers on the job (or dig up an older photo if you are retired).
  2. Send it to
  3. OR Download our free smartphone app, “The Way We Worked” from Google Play or iTunes and upload your photo that way.
  4. Visit “The Way We Worked” to see your photo on our display screen.

View our gallery, “The Way Nebraska Works.

See The Way We Worked in the following towns:

North Platte
April 11 – May 13
Golden Spike Tower & Visitor Center
1249 N Homestead Rd. • (308) 532-9920

May 27 – June 26
Platte County Museum
2916 16th Street • (402) 564-1856

Humanities Nebraska thanks the following communities for hosting “The Way We Worked in 2015:

September 16 – October 16
Legacy of the Plains Museum
2930 Old Oregon Trail • (308) 436-1989

October 27 – November 25
Plainsman Museum
210 16th Street • (402) 694-6531

December 9 – January 7
Sarpy County Museum
2402 Clay Street • (402) 292-1880

The Way We Worked Locations in Nebraska

The Way We Worked Locations in Nebraska

January 20-February 18
Elkhorn Valley Museum
515 Queen City Blvd • (402) 371-3886

March 2 – April 1
Hastings Museum
1330 N Burlington Ave • (402) 461-4629

The Way We Worked is brought to all seven Nebraska  communities by these and other generous donors:

The John W. Carson Fund at the Nebraska Cultural Endowment

Nebraska Cultural Endowment

Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation

Brown Transfer Co.

Brown Transfer Co.




Nebraska cultural trailblazer to receive 2016 Sower Award

Humanities Nebraska announced that Marian Andersen of Omaha will receive the 2016