Downtown Sac

Back Event Jul 21, 2023 @ 10 am


Join the Sacramento Public Library on the first floor at Central Library for the Smithsonian Traveling exhibition, The Way We Worked.

Workers are the backbone of American society. Known for their strong work ethic, Americans invest themselves physically, emotionally, and intellectually in their work.

American jobs are as diverse as the American workforce. The opportunity provided by work is central to the American dream and has attracted people to better lives in America. With strength, ingenuity, creativity, thoughtfulness, and heroics, American workers keep our economy and our society up and running.

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.


Special presenters:

  • April 29, 1pm — Dr. Eric Rauchway Professor of History at UC Davis
  • May 6, 1pm — William Burg historian and President of Preservation Sacramento.
  • May 27, 1pm — Dr. Damany Fisher, principal historian for the Sacramento African American Experience Project.
  • June 10, 1pm in the Sacramento Room — Phil Sexton, natural and cultural history interpreter with the 1882 Foundation and Summit Tunnel Conservation Association.
  • July 22, 1pm — Dr. Lorena Marquez, associate professor of Chicana/o studies at UC Davis.

10:00 am – 6:00 pm