"I'd like to think we inspire," DeKeyser said. "Its great to be able to bring a Smithsonian exhibit to small towns around
Part of the Smithsonian's
The exhibit focuses on the larger questions of why we work and the needs that our jobs fulfill, including work on the land, streets of local communities, offices and factories, homes, and even in space.
Officials say it is an exploration of the tools and technologies that enabled and assisted workers, and also reveals how workers sometimes found themselves with better tools, but also with faster, more complex and often more stressful work environments.
"It shows how we identify with work, as work assigns cultural meaning and puts our society in a larger context," DeKeyser said.
He also noted the exhibit will mostly be making stops in smaller cities and communities, as opposed to more traditional cultural centers like
"These give small towns the opportunity to demonstrate their culture and history, and the meaningful contributions to the local area," DeKeyser said. "You'll notice we're going to smaller cities like
The exhibit will also feature a recording session for locals to share about their own jobs and what they mean to them, which will be processed and returned to the museum to join the local archives.
"So many communities are losing their history, and this is a way to talk about your history and what its all about," he said.
"The board does several things, and also charges us with making sure our mission doesn't have just a single focus," he said.
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