The Way We Worked – Smithsonian on Main Street


The Way We Worked was adapted from an original exhibit developed by the National Archives. The exhibit draws from the Archives’ rich collections to tell this compelling story.


It explores how work became a central element in American culture by tracing the many changes that affected the workforce and work environments over the past 150 years.


The Way We Worked is a Museum on Main Street (MoMS) exhibition created by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) and made available through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council.

See the exhibit at the Tarpon Springs Cultural Center from October 6 – November 17, 2017!

Folklife Gallery, Center for Gulf Coast Folklife, Tarpon Springs Cultural Center, 101 S. Pinellas Avenue. Monday-Friday 10am-4pm. Admission is free.


Enjoy these other great events in conjunction with the exhibit:

Working in Pinellas County
St. Petersburg College Photography Student Exhibit
October 6 – November 17
Cultural Center, 101 S. Pinellas Avenue, Tarpon Springs

The Way We Worked  and Working in Pinellas County Opening Reception
Friday, October 6, 6-8pm
Folklife Gallery, Cultural Center, 101 S. Pinellas Avenue, Tarpon Springs

Our Work, Our Lives
A cross-section of community members will speak about their work, its importance to the town and region, and its meaning in their lives. Speakers may include a sponge diver, veterinarian, bridge painter, business owner,  pastor, undertaker, and restaurant worker. We will also invite attendees to speak briefly about their work lives.  Dr. Tina Bucuvalas will moderate.
Friday, October 6, 6-8pm
Folklife Gallery, Cultural Center, 101 S. Pinellas Avenue, Tarpon Springs

Working on the Central Gulf Coast 
Scholars will provide perspectives on different types of work in the Tampa Bay area, as well as their own work lives.
Featuring anthropologist Ella Schmidt (USF), historian Gary Mormino (USF), and folklorist Tina Bucuvalas (City of Tarpon Springs)
Tuesday, October 24, 7-8:30pm
Folklife Gallery, Cultural Center, 101 S. Pinellas Avenue

Working in Tarpon Springs – Film Presentation
Featuring Fishing All My Days: Florida Shrimping Traditions (1986), Every Island has its Own Song (1988), Commercial Hollywood film about the sponge industry filmed in Tarpon Springs (1953) accompanied by interpretive introductions and audience discussion
Friday, October 27, 6-9pm
Tarpon Springs Library, 138 E. Lemon Street)

Maritime Festival on the Sponge Docks
This one-day educational event will feature displays, interviews, and demonstrations of maritime skills.
Sunday, November 5, 11am-5pm
Sponge Docks