The Way We Worked is Open in McClellanville

With busy hands and minds, American workers perform a diverse array of jobs to power our society. Work is part of nearly every American’s life, whether for professional satisfaction and personal growth or to ensure the well-being of their families. In offices, factories, on the road, and at home, millions keep the nation going through contributions to industry and American culture. Six South Carolina communities, in cooperation with SC Humanities, will celebrate this important history as they host The Way We Worked, a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street (MoMS) program.

The Way We Worked will be on view in South Carolina from January 28 through November 12, 2017. Locations, in order, are St. George; Blythewood; Pickens; Chester; McClellanville; and Hartsville. See the full exhibit schedule here! Each community has been expressly chosen by SC Humanities to host The Way We Worked as part of the MoMS program, which is a unique national/state/local partnership that brings exhibitions and programs to rural cultural organizations.

The Way We Worked is now open in McClellanville, SC at McClellanville Arts Council. The exhibit is on display there from August 12 – September 24, 2018. Some of the upcoming events to look forward to in McClellanville are:


Saturday, August 12, 2017 | 7:00 p.m.
Grand Opening
733 Pinckney Street
McClellanville, SC 29458

Sunday, August 20, 2017 | 4:00 p.m.
Solar Eclipse Lecture Series – Climatologist David Zierden
Attendees can listen to the lecture and then visit the gallery to see the exhibit
Light refreshments served
733 Pinckney Street
McClellanville, SC 29458

Saturday, September 9, 2017 | 7:00 p.m.
Working Forward: An Open Forum on The Way We Worked
Join us to view existing images of work in McClellanville and help us plan for how to collect more. Hosting The Way We Worked exhibit from the Smithsonian is just the beginning of a long-term effort to document how people make a living in this area now–and how they did it in the past. We want to hear your stories about work and find out who else we should contact. On the water and onshore, in the forest and on the road—everyday details are woven together to create the stories of our lives, and in just a few years, even the jobs we hold now may seem like ancient history.  Visitors will view The Way We Worked, then participate in an open forum to discuss what should we record now to preserve this important heritage for our children and grandchildren?  This event will be co-hosted with the Village Museum. Free and open to the public, with refreshments.
733 Pinckney Street
McClellanville, SC 29458

“Allowing our state’s residents to have access to the cultural resources of our nation’s premier museum is a priority of SC Humanities,” said Randy L. Akers, Executive Director. “The goal of SC Humanities is to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of our citizens, and The Way We Worked provides a unique opportunity to involve thousands in the cultural life of our communities. With this special tour, we are working with citizen-led committees and institutions throughout our state to develop local exhibitions and public programs to compliment the Smithsonian exhibition.”

The Way We Worked has been made possible in South Carolina by SC HumanitiesThe Way We Worked is part of the 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.




In South Carolina, SC Humanities has received additional support for the The Way We Worked project from The Byerly Foundation, Dorchester County Accommodations Tax, Pickens County Accommodations Tax, Richland County Accommodations Tax, and Sonoco.

The Byerly Foundation

dc-county-seal-pdf_11202009Funded in part by Pickens County Accommodations Tax
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The mission of SC Humanities is to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians. Established in 1973, this 501(c) 3 organization is governed by a volunteer 23-member Board of Directors comprised of community leaders from throughout the state. It presents and/or supports literary initiatives, lectures, exhibits, festivals, publications, oral history projects, videos and other humanities-based experiences that directly or indirectly reach more than 250,000 citizens annually.

Image: McClellanville Jeremy Creek Oyster Harvesting 1998; Gelatin Silver Print, Photo by Vinnie Deas Moore