Museum on Main Street is heading to Ashland

Way We Worked Logo_ashlandASHLAND – Ashland is the next destination point for an historic traveling exhibit from Washington, D.C. that begins Nov. 2 and runs through Christmas Day.

A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Old Adams Drugstore on the square in downtown Ashland.

In conjunction with the exhibit, the City of Ashland will be distributing historic publications — a brochure of key dates in Clay County history, the story of Ashland and a photo album of historic pictures.

Councilwoman Becky Boddie of Ashland, who along with husband Jerry, are spearheading plans in Clay County, said it was important to “acknowledge and celebrate our past while forming a bridge to the future. This project allows us to do just that.”

Only six Alabama towns and cities have been chosen for The Way We Worked exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution in 2013-14 as part of the Museum on Main Street project.

The tour began Sept. 14 in Red Bay and will run through July 6, 2014, with stops in Ashland, Andalusia, Fairhope, Northport and Wetumpka. The Way We Worked is featured for more than a month at each stop, giving thousands of residents and students in those small or rural cities an opportunity they may not have had otherwise.

Through a partnership between Alabama Humanities Foundation and the Smithsonian begun in 1997, Museum on Main Street  is able to offer small communities with average populations of 8,000 a quality education experience with community programs and activities in conjunction with the exhibit.

Dr. John F. Kvach, an assistant professor of history at The University of Alabama in Huntsville, will spend much of the year visiting host towns as a key figure in the program.

The exhibit focuses on how Alabamians worked over time and place and highlight the work experiences of Americans as part of the nation’s story. Kvach will supplement the traveling exhibit with teacher workshops and public lectures as well as an oral history project that will record the voices of state residents.

The oral history project will train public school teachers and high school students to conduct interviews with local residents.  Kvach hopes that the oral history component of the exhibit and the exhibit itself will allow students to engage their community’s history and encourage the public to help preserve Alabama’s historical legacy.

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