The Way We Worked: Molino To Host Smithsonian Exhibition

March 9, 2016

West Florida Public Libraries and the Molino Mid-County Historical Society will host “The Way We Worked,” a Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition from Saturday, March 19 to Saturday, April 30. This exhibition, which celebrates the history of American workers, will be on display at the Lillian F. King Museum located in the Molino Community Complex, 6450 Highway 95A North in Molino. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In addition to the traveling exhibition, the Library and the Molino Mid-County, Alger-Sullivan, and Barrineau Park historical societies, have partnered to create six weeks of interesting related events showcasing the unique work history of North Escambia. Join us for a look back in time to the way we worked in North Escambia.

“The Way We Worked” has been made possible in Molino by the Florida Humanities Council. “The Way We Worked”, an exhibition created by the National Archives, is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and State Humanities Councils nationwide. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress.

Schedule of Events

Discover The Way We Worked in North Escambia: A Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibit

“The Way We Worked” in North Escambia, the Exhibit

  • March 19 – April 30, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Molino Community Complex

The Smithsonian Institution is here. Come see this interactive exhibit designed to engage all ages which spotlights the role of work in our communities. Visit the exhibit and join us for six weeks of events and activities which celebrate the way we worked in North Escambia.

“The Way We Worked” traces America’s rich work history. With their hands and minds hard at work and sweats on their brows, American workers perform a diverse array of jobs to power our society. Whether we work for our own professional satisfaction & personal growth or to ensure the well-being of ourselves and our families, work is a part of nearly every American’s life.”

“The Way We Worked”: Kick-Off Event

  • Saturday, March 19, 10 a.m. to 3 p. m. – Molino Community Complex, Molino Branch Library

Join us for a look back in time to the way we worked in North Escambia. Explore the Smithsonian exhibit, enjoy live entertainment, watch a potter, a flintknapper and more. Take a look at the line-up below.

  • 10 a.m. – Opening Ceremony

Ribbon cutting performed by Commissioner Barry

  • 10:15 a.m. – Smithsonian Exhibit Opens

Take a stroll through the museum to learn how work impacts our lives and communities.

  • 10:30 a.m. – Southern Revival Band

Hear the “Molino Florida Song” performed by local musicians, Caleb Dennis and the Southern Revival Band.

  • 11:30 a.m – Mission San Joseph de Escambe

Dr. John E. Worth, U.W.F. Anthropology professor, will speak about his archaeological work at this 250-year-old site on private land in Molino.

  • 12:45 p.m. – Dogwood Dulcimers

Enjoy the down-home sounds of this stringed folk band.

  • 1:45 p.m. – Panhandle Cloggers

Tap your toes along with the Panhandle Cloggers’ percussive folk dances.

  • 2:30 p.m – The Change Gang                         .

Listen to traditional work songs performed by teens from the Pensacola Branch NAACP Youth Council and Allen Chapel AME Church Young People’s Department.

“The Way We Worked”: Molino History

  • Thursday, March 31, 6 p.m. – Molino Branch Library, Auditorium

Enjoy video-graphic stories of long-time residents who recount memories of growing up in rural Escambia. Several of the interviewees will be present for a question and answer session.

“The Way We Worked”: Agriculture in North Escambia

  • Saturday, April 2, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Barrineau Park Community Center

Join Barrineau Park Historical Society for a day of farming fun featuring a presentation from Extension Services at 1 p.m. Come learn how farming fed us all.

“The Way We Worked”: Farm Fabric – Feed Sacks

  • Thursday, April 7, 6 p.m. – Molino Branch Library, Auditorium

Coletta Stejskal Bailey, Textile Coordinator at the Baldwin County Heritage Museum, will discuss the cotton bag’s origin from the late 1840s to its impact during the Depression and World War II.

“The Way We Worked”: A New Beginning for Old Industry: History and Archaeology of Molino Mills

  • Thursday, April 14, 6 p.m. – Molino Branch Library, Auditorium

Join UWF graduate student, Melissa Maynard for insights into Molino Mills, a lumber mill which operated from 1865-1884 that helped develop a community and an industry.

“The Way We Worked”: From Can’t See to Can’t See

  • Saturday, April 16, 1 p.m. – Pensacola Library, Meeting Room A
  • Thursday, April 28, 6 p.m. – Molino Branch Library, Auditorium

Up before dawn and home after dark describes Teniadé Broughton’s talk on African American work experiences in rural Escambia County. The event also features the “Change Gang” performing historical work songs.

“The Way We Worked”: Escambia County Railroads, 1830s – 1950s

  • Saturday, April 23, 1 p.m. – Alger-Sullivan Historical Society, Century

All aboard, at the Alger-Sullivan Historical Society Museum with Jerry Fischer and Russell Brown. Come learn about the county’s early railroads. Climb aboard Old 100, a sawmill transport steam engine, and tour the museum.

“The Way We Worked”: Colonial Work Story Times

  • Saturday, April 9, 1 p.m. – Molino Branch Library, Auditorium
  • Thursday, April 14, 6 p.m. – Pensacola Library
  • Saturday, April 16, 1 p.m. – Tryon Branch Library
  • Thursday, April 21, 6 p.m. – Century Branch Library

Join Sandra Pettis, retired Ferry Pass Elementary Librarian and a costumed member of the UWF Historic Trust for a story, demonstrations and hands-on activities about the way we worked in Colonial times.

“The Way We Worked”: Displays in Escambia County

  • March and April – Tryon Branch Library

View a fascinating collection of antiques from the area belonging to Mr. Charlie Booher of Pensacola.

  • March and April – Southwest Branch Library

This library features a collection of work-related items from the Alger-Sullivan Historical Society located in Century.

  • March and April – Molino Branch Library

In addition to housing the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition, The Way We Worked, this facility also spotlights artifacts belonging to UWF Collections from Mission Escambe and the Molino Mills archaeological dig sites in Molino.

  • March and April – Century Branch Library

This display houses a small collection of memorabilia from the Alger-Sullivan Lumber Company once located in Century.


One Response to “The Way We Worked: Molino To Host Smithsonian Exhibition”

  1. chris in Molino on March 9th, 2016 8:42 am

    Thanks for posting this. Will be a great event for adults and children alike to learn about history. Cant wait.