SITES in your neighborhood this fall

Smithsonian Affiliates across the country are bringing Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) exhibitions to their communties this fall. From Maryland to California, there’s a SITES exhibition in your neighborhood.  Here’s what’s opening at an Affiliate this fall: 

September 18- November 21, 2010
The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History
(Kennesaw, GA)
The Way We Worked: Photographs from the National Archives

Children doing difficult jobs, such as those at this mill, led to calls for reform in the 20th century. Courtesy National Archives and Records Administration

This exhibition reveals the effects of industrialization, urbanization, immigration, labor unrest, wars, and economic depression on ordinary working Americans, whether they toiled in a coal mine, on a tractor, at a typewriter, or on an assembly line. Spanning the years 1857-1987, the exhibition’s 86 black-and-white and color photographs document, in rich visual detail, American workplaces, work clothing, working conditions, and workplace conflicts. They also reflect a workforce shaped by immigration and ethnicity, slavery and racial segregation, wage labor and technology, gender roles and class, as well as by the American ideals of freedom and equality.

October 2, 2010- January 2, 2011
Dixon Historic Center (Dixon, Illinois)
Lasting Light: 125 Years of Grand Canyon Photography

Toroweap overlook in morning light. Photo by Jack Dykinga.

SITES and the Grand Canyon Association present a collection of 60 framed photographs of this unique natural wonder. Covering nearly 125 years of photographic history, the exhibition includes images of early photographers dangling from cables to get the perfect shot, their cumbersome camera equipment balanced precariously on their shoulders. More modern images are bold and dramatic, revealing the canyon’s capricious weather, its flora and fauna, waterfalls and wading pools, and awesome cliffs and rock formations.

October 23, 2010- January 2, 2011
Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center  (Mashantucket, Connecticut)
Native Words, Native Warriors

Navajo code talkers Private First Class Preston Toledo (left) and his cousin Private First Class Frank Toledo, 1943. Courtesy U.S. Marine Corps.

When the United States issued the call to arms in World Wars I and II, American Indians answered as warriors. Some men discovered that words–in their Native languages–would be their most valued weapons. This exhibition tells the remarkable story of Indian soldiers from more than a dozen tribes who used their Native languages in the service of the U.S. military. Developed with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, this inspiring exhibition was made possible in part thanks to the generous support of Elizabeth Hunter Solomon. Additional support has been provided by the Smithsonian Women’s Committee and the AMB Foundation.

October 23, 2010- January 17, 2011
Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture (Baltimore, Maryland)
Freedom’s Sisters

Born into slavery, Harriet Tubman escaped in 1849–and immediately vowed to lead her family and other enslaved black people to freedom. During the Civil War, she became the first woman to command a military raid. She also worked for the Union Army as a nurse and a spy. Library of Congress.

Much of our national memory of the civil rights movement is embodied by male figureheads whose visibility in boycotts, legal proceedings, and mass demonstrations dominated newspaper and television coverage in the 1950s and ’60s. Missing from that picture is a group of extraordinary women who, while less prominent in the media, shaped much of the spirit and substance of civil rights in America, just as their mothers and grandmothers had done for decades. Freedom’s Sisters, a collaboration between SITES and Cincinnati Museum Center, brings to life 20 African American women, from key 19th-century historical figures to contemporary leaders, who have fought for equality for all Americans.

November 20, 2010- January 30, 2011
Sonoma County Museum (Santa Rosa, California)
Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program, 1942-1964

Braceros contributions to communities in Mexico and the U.S. have had a lasting impact on the political, economic, social, and cultural landscapes of both nations.Photo by Leonard Nadel/National Museum of American History.

Begun in 1942 as a temporary war measure to address labor needs in agriculture and the railroads, the bracero program eventually became the largest guest worker program in U.S. history. Bittersweet Harvest, a moving new bilingual exhibition organized by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and circulated by SITES, examines the experiences of bracero workers and their families, providing rich insight into Mexican American history and historical background to today’s debates on guest worker programs.

And don’t forget these SITES exhibitions already on view at Affiliates:

  • Lasting Light: 125 Years of Grand Canyon Photography, on view at Durham Museum (Omaha, Nebraska) through September 12, 2010.
  • Let Your Motto Be Resistance, on view at Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (Birmingham, Alabama) through November 21, 2010.


Find a Smithsonian Affiliate in your neighborhood here.
Find more Smithsonian traveling exhibitions and programs here.

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