Grinnell Works

Drake Community Library, in partnership with Grinnell College (a Smithsonian Affiliate), and members of the community, presents Grinnell Works from March 5 to April 19, 2020. The exhibition is on display in the central space of the Drake Community Library and will be available for viewing whenever the library is open to the public.  Please visit the Drake Community Library website for any restriction in public hours due to COVID-19.

Local Programming

Programming held at Drake Community Library, 930 Park St., Grinnell.

  • Opening Reception: March 5, 2020, from 5-6 p.m.
  • Walk-and-Talk: Guided tour of the exhibition with members of the curating team. Presenters will share insights into the entire process of creating the exhibition, and how different elements of the exhibition came together. Cancelled until further notice.
  • Changes in Grinnell Businesses: Panel discussion with local business owners sharing how things have changed in a variety of local businesses from the owner’s perspective.  Cancelled until further notice.

About Grinnell Works

Grinnell Works is a crowd-sourced local history exhibition created as part of a Smithsonian Museums on Main Street (MoMS) pilot project to give communities the tools to tell their own unique stories. The project presented a hands-on opportunity for local cultural professionals and community members to learn about the exhibition process, while celebrating Grinnell’s past, amplifying the voices of Grinnellians past and present, and bringing to light the unseen work and workers from throughout Grinnell’s history. Grinnell Works is created by the Grinnell community, Drake Community Library, and Grinnell College in collaboration with the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street program. Support from Grinnell College, a Smithsonian affiliate, is funded in part by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Nearly 100 individuals and organizations with local ties contributed to the project. The exhibition has been designed so that it can be moved to other venues in Grinnell over the next few years, extending its impact and sharing the history collected.

Read more about it on the Smithsonian Museum on Main Street page.

Grinnell Works Exhibition, photo of McNally's Market, 1940, courtesy of Bill McNally
Grinnell Works Exhibition, photo of McNally's Market, 1940, courtesy of Bill McNally.

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