Smithsonian display draws 1,500-plus

Published 1:05 am Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The traveling Smithsonian exhibit The Way We Worked has been disassembled and will leave Andalusia today, but not before more than 1,500 people saw it.


Barbara Tyler, who coordinated the project, said the crowd had totaled more than 1,500 before groups came through on Friday and Saturday, both of which were high-traffic days.

“We had a really good crowd,” Tyler said.

More than 150 people volunteered to help with the project in some form or fashion, along with business and all the schools, she said.

“The community as a whole helped out wherever they could,” she said.

In addition to the national display, a number of local displays were created. Tyler said those will mostly be returned to the schools. A huge quilt created by Andalusia Middle School students will remain at the Chamber office for now, and perhaps be displayed at the Andalusia Public Library until a more permanent home can be found in the schools.

DVDs of storytellers event in which seven long-time Andalusia residents – Bob Brooks, Danny Posey, Roger Powell, Tom Savage, Ab Powell, Rosalyn Tiller and Gail Grissett – recounted the way they worked are available for $8. To order, call Pack-N-Ship at 222-5116.

DVDs of the musical program featuring working songs are available from WAAO, Tyler said.

Books of essays about the Way We Worked, penned by area high school students, are $10 and available at the Chamber.

DVDs of Rhett Johnson’s program on forestry will be available from Pack-N-Ship at a later date.