The Way We Worked Kansas tour is sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council
in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution's Museum on Main Street program. 
 Support for The Way We Worked Kansas tour has been provided by the Ross and Marianna Beach Foundation. 
Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress. 

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THE WAY WE WORKED in Southeast Kansas

rst placeThe Spirit Remains by Linda Knoll,  Pittsburg, Ks.

Second place: Mining A Way of Life by Karen Cross, Lamar, Mo.

Third place:  Derward Ketterman Never Wanted to Be A Miner by Barbara Ketterman Pendleton,  Lenexa, Ks.

Press Release:  August 31, 2011
The Smithsonian - From Washington D.C. to Franklin, Kansas

FRANKLIN, KANSAS -- Miners' Hall Museum, located at Franklin Community Center & Heritage Museum, was selected as one of only six host organizations for the Kansas Humanities Council's 2012-2013 state tour of the Smithsonian Institution's traveling exhibition, "The Way We Worked". 

 "The Way We Worked" explores the stories of America's workers and invites us to consider how the workplace and workforce have changed over time.  Through photographs from the National Archives, audio and video clips and hand-on components, Kansans will discover how, together, our work makes America.

 "The Kansas Humanities Council received a record number of applications - 36 in all - from museums, public libraries, and art centers across the state.  It was difficult to narrow the selection to six finalists with so many really strong applications," said Julie Mulvihill executive director of the Kansas Humanities Council.  "Our six finalists were selected because of their compelling local 'work stories' and their innovative exhibition and program plans to use the Smithsonian exhibition as a springboard to explore, preserve and share these stories in their communities."

 The Miners' Hall Museum mission is to preserve and present authentic materials and artifacts that document the history of coal mining and its impact on Southeast Kansas, as well as to be a vital partner in the educational and cultural life of Southeast Kansas through its collections and programs.  The exhibit will be on display May 11-June 23, 2013.  Many local exhibits and programs will be held in conjunction with the Smithsonian exhibition.

The Kansas Humanities Council sponsors the 2012-2013 Kansas Tour of "The Way We Worked" in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution.  Other host communities include:

Coronado Quivira Museum, Lyons; Stevens County Library, Hugoton; High Plains Museum, Goodland; National Orphan Train Complex, Concordia; and Lumberyard Art Center, Baldwin City.

The Kansas Humanities Council conducts and supports community-based programs, serves as a financial resource through an active grant-making program, and encourages Kansans to participate in their communities.  For more information, contact Tracy Quillin, director of communications at 785-357-0359 or visit online at

Articles appearing in the Joplin Globe and Reuters were carried around the globe
(Chicago Tribune, Washington Examiner, Chicago Tribune, USA Today and many others).
Thanks to Andra Stefanoni and Kevin Murphy for the wonderful stories they have written.

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