The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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February 3, 2013

Miners Hall Museum seeking volunteers to help with upcoming Smithsonian exhibit

FRANKLIN, Kan. — Fewer than 100 days remain until the opening of a Smithsonian Institution exhibit, “The Way We Worked,” at the Miners Hall Museum, and organizers are putting out a call for volunteers to help with visitors.

Informational meetings for those who want to volunteer will be held at 2 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, at the museum, 701 S. Broadway in Franklin. Volunteers must attend one of the two sessions.

Coordinator Phyllis Bitner said the museum will need docents, door greeters, cleaning staff, parking and outdoor volunteers, tour guides, special event planners and more. The exhibit will be on display May 11 through June 23. Sign-up sheets will be available at the meeting.

The museum, built on the site of a former coal miners union hall, was selected as one of six host organizations for the exhibit in Kansas. The traveling exhibit is sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council. Organizers predict it could attract as many as 18,000 visitors to the tiny town.

“The Way We Worked” explores the stories of America’s workers, and invites viewers to consider how the workplace and the work force have changed over time. Through photographs from the National Archives, audio and video clips, and hands-on components, visitors will discover elements of how that work built the United States.

The exhibit was created by the National Archives and is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration among the Smithsonian Institution and state humanities councils nationwide.

The mission of the Miners Hall Museum is to preserve and present authentic materials and artifacts that document the history of coal mining and its impact on Southeast Kansas, as well as to be a partner in the educational and cultural life of Southeast Kansas.

Learn more

Information about the Miners Hall Museum in Franklin is available via the website or by calling 620-347-4220.

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