Museum Exhibition: The Way We Worked

The Way We Worked a Smithsonian traveling exhibition is coming to Rio Rancho, Loma Colorado Library January 14 - April 8

The Way We Worked 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 diversity of the American workforce is one of its strengths, providing an opportunity to explore how people of all races and ethnicities identified commonalities and worked to knock down barriers in the professional world. The exhibition shows how we identify with work—as individuals and as communities.

The Way We Worked, an exhibition created by the National Archives, is adapted for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and made possible with the generous support of the United States Congress.

If you are interested in scheduling a tour for your group, please fill out the form here. 

Events (see the full descriptions here)

    • January 28, 2:00 pm "A Celebration of Women in Technology" - join 3 honorees of the Women in Tech awards as they discuss the way they work in technology
    • February 11, 2:00 pm "Unions in America, State of the Union" by N. Lichtenstein book discussion" - join moderator Martha Burk, PhD for a discussion
    • February 18, 2:00 pm "New Mexico Railroad Workers" - join historian Fred Friedman for an overview of NM railroads and workers
    • March 18, 10:00 am " Storming Caesars Palace" New Mexico PBS Indie Lens PopUp Advance Screening and Discussion
    • March 25, 10:00 am-1:00 pm "What Do I Want to be When I Grow Up? Career Fair" - meet teachers, firefighters, doctors, veterinarians and more!
    • April 6, 6:00 pm "1912: A Musical Snapshot of America in the Year New Mexico Became a State" Jane Voss and Hoyle Osborne take us back to 1912 New Mexico to close out the exhibition.


The way we work is an important part of who we are. The jobs we take, the careers we foster and the experiences we share along the way make why we work meaningful. If you have a story to share or advice to impart about the way you work, please consider sharing it here. All stories will be collected and shared with the Smithsonian in Washington DC. (Sharing your story gives permission to Rio Rancho Libraries and the Smithsonian to reproduce and share across social media platforms and printed materials, for informational purposes only.)

About the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service 

Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service | Smithsonian Affiliations is proud to be the Smithsonian’s ambassador and emissary through traveling and virtual exhibitions and our Affiliate programs. We bring knowledge, discovery, and experiences to people across America and beyond. Whether you are big or small, located in a large urban area or a quiet rural setting, we value the opportunity to be connected to you and support your work. For over 70 years, SITES has created exhibitions that bring knowledge, discovery, and experiences to people across America and beyond. We hope to stimulate conversations: between the national and the local, between the expected and the unexpected, and between the Smithsonian, your organization, and your community.