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Work and Workers' Culture

This exhibition is part of a year-long project of the Greater Lansing Museum Collaborative to feature exhibitions and programs about work and workers' culture. For a complete listing of exhibitions and programming, please visit these websites:

Photographs from the Ewing Galloway Agency, 1910-1950

A Kresge Art Museum Exhibition on view at the Michigan Historical Museum, 702 W. Kalamazoo St., two blocks west of the State Capitol, Lansing.

More than 50 photographs record the culture of work in rural and urban settings from New York to California during the first half of the 20th century. Drawn from Kresge Art Museum's extensive collection of photographs from the Ewing Galloway photographic agency, these images were reproduced in Life magazine and other publications. They show American workers in a remarkable array of workplaces — on the assembly line in diverse industries, as well as in mines, offices, labs, shops, and dockside, to name a few. The photographs, which depict women and children as workers, and Michigan's industrial past, will be accompanied by related objects from the Michigan Historical Museum collection.

Opening Reception

Tuesday, February 6, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Admission is free. Parking available for a fee.
Please RSVP on or before February 2 by calling (517)373-0510 or sending an e-mail to museuminfo@michigan.gov.

Michigan Historical Museum Hours

Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

What is Work?
Photography Exhibition for Michigan Youth

camera If you are a Michiganian between the ages of 10 and 18, grab your camera for a chance to participate in a kids-only photo exhibition in Lansing and East Lansing.

Simply take a photo and write a short essay that answers the question, "What is work?" This project is sponsored by the Michigan Historical Museum and the Kresge Art Museum, whose respective exhibits—Working America and The Workers' Landscape—are among a year-long spotlight on work and workers' culture presented by the Greater Lansing Museum Collective.