Thursday, September 20, 2012

An Excellent Adventure

When you work in a museum, it can be hard to find time to 'be a visitor' at other museums. So, when the opportunity came to go on a field trip to Lyons, we took it!   

On Wednesday (Sept 19) the HCHM staff  toured the Smithsonian traveling exhibit at our Partner Site, Coronado-Quivira Museum in Lyons, Ks.
Lana Myers, Deb Hiebert, Jane Jones
in front of the Coronado Quivira Museum
First things first though. Before traveling to Lyons, we stopped for lunch at the Courtyard on Main, 203 S. Main in McPherson.  Delicious!

Courtyard on  Main Interior
The Way We Worked Title Panel
First, we went through the companion exhibit, By the Sweat of Their Brows: The Men, Mechanics & Science of Salt, which focused on the salt industry in Rice County.  The exhibit is quite interesting and there were some similarities between working in the salt mines (Lyons) and working on the railroad (Newton) as both relied on immigrants from Mexico for labor.  I was interested to note that the exhibit labels were in both Spanish and English. We also had the opportunity to visit with  museum director/curator, Maggie Carlson.  It is always good to touch base with other museum professionals!
Case for "By the Sweat of Their Brows
The Way We Worked is the newest traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution's Museums on Main Street program. Some themes of the exhibit include work & American identity, the workplace and the impact of technology on work.

The exhibit is bright and colorful with lots of images reflecting all the different ways Americans have worked and continue to work.

Deb found the missing curator, Kris Schmucker
The Way We Worked will be at the Coronado Quivira Museum through October 21, 2012.  From Lyons, the exhibit will travel to Hugoton, Kansas. 

For a complete schedule of host sites visit:
 and information on the Partner Site activities (including HCHM)

Although we went to see the local exhibit related to work and the Smithsonian exhibit, the other exhibits were also interesting. 

The exhibits were well worth the drive and we enjoyed our time spent at the Coronado Quivira Museum in Lyons!

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