Museum on Main Street

Museum on Main Street (MoMs) Brings the Smithsonian to Small Towns Across America

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 Smithsonian Traveling exhibition 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.

The Way We Worked Tour Schedule:

May 19, 2018 – July 15, 2018  
Rockpile Museum in Gillette   

July 21, 2018 – September 16, 2018
Homesteader Museum in Powell    

September 2018 – November 2018
Laramie County Library in Cheyenne

*Dates are approximate and subject to change.

Bring a Smithsonian Exhibit to Your Community

Museum on Main Street is a program of the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Service.  This collaborative partnership between the Smithsonian, state humanities organizations, and local hosts and their community partners brings world class exhibitions to small and rural communities.  When MoMS exhibits come to Wyoming communities, doors are opened to community history and culture, developing and strengthening local partnerships.  The opportunity to host the Smithsonian provides more than a quality educational experience. Through specially designed supporting programs and creative activities, MoMS exhibits become a hub for shared storytelling and revealing local pride. Focused on broad topics impacting American history and culture like barn architecture, fences, food ways, work, migration and water, MoMS exhibitions are organized around elements of our shared American experience, helping host organizations explore cultural attributes that bind us as a nation. The freestanding exhibitions containing original objects travel in easy-to-handle wheeled crates. Wyoming Humanities helps local organizers to prepare exhibit-related events with scholarly consultations, planning sessions, installation workshops and program support. Host organizations and partners develop local complementary exhibitions, festivities, and programs focused on the topic.

Opportunities for hosting MoMS exhibits are dependent on exhibit and funding availability. Organizations interested in learning about future MoMS exhibit tour opportunities should contact Sheila Bricher-Wade at

Hosting organizations are required to make the exhibit available to the public for free throughout the time the exhibit is on display.  Host organizations must also participate in planning and installation workshops, include other community partners in planning, designing, developing, and implementing additional complementary programming and featuring a local exhibit.

Wyoming Humanities supports Museum on Main Street exhibits in five to six communities per exhibition, depending on exhibition agreement. 

Organizations willing to partner with other local organizations invest staff time into participation in both a planning and an installation workshop, collaborative development of complementary programming and a local exhibit should contact to indicate your organization’s interest in learning more about the MoMS program.  We’ll publish information about future exhibit opportunities and send invitations for host applications when the next exhibition is booked.

Hosting organizations receive some additional program support funding, expenses related to staff participation in workshops, and Wyoming Humanities pays for moving the exhibit between communities. 

Organizations selected by Wyoming Humanities to host a MoMS exhibit will:

  • Send two staff or representatives to an initial planning meeting with all host organization representatives (Wyoming Humanities pays mileage and per diem)
  • Work collaboratively with partners within their communities to plan and develop a local exhibit and complementary programming
  • Will keep track of time and funds invested for reporting purposes
  • Will send two staff or representatives to installation workshop with all host organization representatives
    (Wyoming Humanities pays mileage and per diem)
  • Will work collaboratively with partners within their communities to promote and showcase the MoMS traveling exhibit, the local exhibit, and complementary programming
  • Will report on the impact of the exhibit tour on their community

Wyoming Humanities relies on donations from individuals and businesses to provide top quality programming to all of Wyoming’s residents. Interested in donating?

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