The Way We Worked is Open in Hartsville!

The traveling Smithsonian exhibit The Way We Worked is now open in Hartsville, SC at the Black Creek Arts Council and will be on display through November 12, 2017The Way We Worked explores how work became such a central element in American culture by tracing the many changes that affected the workforce and work environment in the past 150 years. Adapted from an original exhibition designed by the National Archives, The Way We Worked shows how we identify with work – as individuals and as communities.

Six South Carolina communities were selected by SC Humanities to display The Way We Worked in 2017. Hartsville in the last community on our statewide tour and the last chance to see this fascinating exhibit. The other locations were St. George; Blythewood; Pickens; Chester; and McClellanville. See the full exhibit schedule here! Each community was expressly chosen by SC Humanities to host The Way We Worked as part of the Museum on Main Street program, which is a unique national/state/local partnership that brings Smithsonian exhibitions and programs to rural cultural organizations.

The Black Creek Arts Council has a variety of interesting partnerships and special events planned for while the exhibit is in Hartsville.

Thursday, October 5, 2017 | 5:30 p.m.
Grand Opening
Sponsored by Sonoco
Black Creek Arts Council
116 W College Ave
Hartsville, SC 29550
Info: (843) 332-6234

October 1 – December 1, 2017 | Hours: Open daily
Companion Exhibit: The Way We Worked Photography Exhibit
Local photographers will exhibit their work of area industries at Black Creek Arts Council’s second gallery located at the Mantissa Executive Suites. Ronda Gandy’s photos are centered mainly on Nucor Steel Corporation and are featured on steel, wood, glass, and paper.
Location: Mantissa Executive Suites, 130 East Carolina Avenue, Hartsville, SC 29550
Phone: 843-917-0669

September 30 – November 12, 2017
Display of Books at the Hartsville Memorial Library
The library will be featuring adult and children’s books related to the exhibit and hosting a student reading challenge for the duration of the exhibit. A children’s story time will be conducted at Black Creek Arts Center – time and date TBA.
Location: Hartsville Memorial Library, 147 West College Avenue, Hartsville, SC 29550
Hours: Mon – Thurs 9am – 8pm, Fri 9am – 5pm, Sat 10am – 2pm, Sun 2pm – 5pm

Saturday, October 14, 2017 | time TBA
Painting Class
Local artist, Vicky McLain, will lead a painting workshop at Black Creek Arts Center featuring a cotton boll – a very important crop in South Carolina’s history. Students can find more information and register at
Location: Black Creek Arts Council, 116 W College Ave, Hartsville, SC 29550
Info: (843) 332-6234

And much more! See the full list of programming in Hartsville.

“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

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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: Courtesy of Black Creek Arts Council