Meridian Star

February 12, 2014

ECCC to host Smthsonian Exhibit on “The Way We Worked”


The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     DECATUR – East Central Community College in cooperation with the Mississippi Humanities Council has been selected to host "The Way We Worked," a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition utilizing photographs from the National Archives and Records Administration.

    This free exhibition will be open to the public and on display from 10 a.m. 5:30 p.m. each weekday from Feb. 24-March 28 in the Gordon Room of the Mabry Cafeteria located on the ECCC campus. The exhibition will be closed March 8-16 due to spring break at the college, but will reopen to the public on March 17.          

    "The Way We Worked" explores how work has become a central element in American culture over the past 150 years through documenting the lives of ordinary American workers. The exhibition is a part of the “Museum on Main Street” project, a national/state/local partnership to bring exhibitions and programs to rural cultural organizations. The exhibition will tour six Mississippi communities from October 2013 through July 2014. A grand opening celebration of the exhibition will be held Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. in the Gold Room of the Mabry Cafeteria.

    Several events are scheduled around the exhibition:

    • Feb. 25 – Apollo 13 Astronaut Fred Haise presents "Failure Is Not An Option," 6 p.m., Vickers Auditorium.                                 

    • March 4 – Rae Nell Vaughn, director of development for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, presents "The Social and Economic Impact of the Gaming Industry on the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians,"  2 p.m., Gold Room, Mabry Cafeteria.

    • March 20 – Workforce Appreciation Day reception and guest luncheon, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Gold Room

Mabry Cafeteria. Dr. G. Everett Morgan, professor emeritus of poultry sciences at Mississippi State University will present "The Scope and Significance of the Poultry Industry in Mississippi."

     • March 25 – Ovid Vickers, retired East Central English instructor and local historian/author, presents "Work in Literature," 2 p.m., Gold Room, Mabry Cafeteria

     • March 28 – Senior Day. Exhibition open to all visiting high school seniors.Former NFL coach and NBC’s "Football Night in America" commentator Tony Dungy will be guest speaker.

    Churches or civic groups interested in the traveling exhibition "The Way We Worked" should contact Dr. Teresa Houston at (601) 635-6202, thouston@eccc.edu; or Chris Brady at (601) 635-6229, cbrady@eccc.edu. Groups are asked to RSVP to assure adequate accommodation of your needs.