Grinnell Works

SITES’s Museum on Main Street (MoMS) was created to serve museums, libraries, and historical societies in rural areas, where about one-fifth of all Americans live.

MoMs has selected Grinnell to participate in a new pilot project to develop a local exhibition celebrating the untold stories of work in our local area. The Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street program will provide the curatorial framework for this exhibition, which will be created by a team of campus and community members (including staff, faculty, and students at the College as well as local teachers, historians, students, and volunteers based on stories ‘crowdsourced’ from the local community. Together, exhibit organizers will incorporate local historical images, art and artifacts, video clips, and oral histories to tell the story of work in Grinnell. The resulting exhibition will bring to light the who, what, where, why, and how of Grinnell at work, and how these developments fit within the nation’s history. The locally-curated exhibit is scheduled to open at Drake Community Library in January 2020.

Submit Your Story! We need your help! Grinnell is creating its very own exhibition about the history of work here in Iowa.  Do you know a story about a working person, a place where people once worked (in Grinnell or in Iowa), how they did their work in the past, or what they wore or the tools they used? If so, we want to hear from you!  Provide us with a short description of your story and a way to contact you. Exhibit organizers will be in touch to learn more.

Tell us your story!

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