Smithsonian exhibit comes to town


The traveling Smithsonian exhibit entitled “The Way We Worked” has opened in the Lumberyard Arts Center and will run through May 5.

The exhibit shows how the American working class has changed throughout the years via an interactive walk-through made up of pictures, videos, and music, among other things.

In addition to the Smithsonian exhibit, the LAC has a room dedicated to the transformation Baldwin has gone through since being a part of the Sante Fe Trail in 1824.

Thirty-six different towns in Kansas applied to host the Smithsonian exhibit and only six were chosen by the Kansas Humanities Council. The Chairman of LAC, Paula Johnson, chose her committee 18 months ago, and they have been working around the clock ever since, in order to bring this exhibit to Baldwin.

Johnson believes that the exhibit is not only good for the Arts Center, but it is good for Baldwin City as well.

Bootsie Lauridsen, a member of the LAC staff, agrees with Johnson, adding that it is also good for the academic community.

“Students should be very interested to learn about the history of work as they are about to enter it,” Lauridsen said. “I feel it takes a lot of time to watch and listen (to the exhibit), but a wealth of knowledge (is available) if you do. Many might be interested to learn more about Baldwin City, since it is their home while at Baker.”

The exhibit is open from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday and 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday. The display will be open until May 5.

There will also be four guest speakers during the time the exhibit is on display.

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