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The Way We Worked

  • Black Creek Arts Center 116 West College Avenue Hartsville, SC, 29550 United States (map)

The Way We Worked: A traveling Smithsonian exhibit

On Display September 30 – November 12

Opening Reception – October 5th

The Way We Worked is a traveling Smithsonian exhibit that explores how work became such a central element in American culture by tracing the many changes that affected the workforce and work environment in the past 150 years. Adapted from an original exhibition designed by the National Archives, The Way We Worked shows how we identify with work – as individuals and as communities.

With busy hands and minds, American workers perform a diverse array of jobs to power our society. Work is part of nearly every American’s life, whether for professional satisfaction and personal growth or to ensure the well-being of their families. In offices, factories, on the road, and at home, millions keep the nation going through contributions to industry and American culture. Learn more at

In the gallery with The Way We Worked:
-    Historic archives from local global packaging company, Sonoco Products Company
-    In collaboration with Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics, Integrated Systems, Inc and Anderson Brass a YUMI robot is on display and programmed to perform tasks by Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics students.

Hartsville Memorial Library - The library will be featuring adult and children’s books related to the exhibit and hosting a student reading challenge for the duration of the exhibit. A children’s story time will be conducted at Black Creek Arts Center – time and date TBA.
Location: 147 West College Avenue                                                                              
Phone: 843-332-5115
Hours: Mon - Thurs 9am - 8pm, Fri 9am - 5pm, Sat 10am - 2pm, Sun 2pm - 5pm

Tours of the way Darlington County works – Tours can be arranged of various plants in town by calling Black Creek Arts Council. 
Location: Sonoco, Duke, NuCor Steel, Anderson Brass, Integrated Systems Inc. 
Phone: 843-332-6234

Speaker Series – A series of speakers across the community and different fields of industry and work will be speaking on the way Darlington County works.
Location: Black Creek Arts Council
Hours: Saturday, November 11

Painting Class - Local artist, Vicky McLain, will lead a 1 hour oil painting workshop at Black Creek Arts Center featuring a cotton boll – a very important crop in South Carolina’s history. Students can find more information and register at
Location: Black Creek Arts Council
Hours: Saturday, October 14, 10-11am

Points of Interest while you are in town:

Hartsville Museum - The Lawhon History Gallery contains artifacts and their history as it relates to Hartsville, the Pee Dee region, and the state of South Carolina. Museum tours can be scheduled for groups of all ages and interests. Hands-on tours are offered for children focusing on Native Americans, Cotton and the Early 20th Century Kitchen. 
Location: 123 North Fifth Street
Phone:  843-383-3005
Hours: Mon - Fri 10am - 5pm, Sat 10am - 2pm

Coker Experimental Farms - Self-guided interpretive exhibits in a replica of the site's original dairy barn depict the company's impact on Southern agriculture. Coker Farms is a National Historic Landmark and achieved this designation as the first agricultural company to use scientific plant breeding methods and protocols to develop improved varieties of crop seeds for the American farmer.
Location: 1257 S. Fourth St.                                                                                    
Phone: 843-206-3765
Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily; self-guided tours daily; group tours available, call to schedule appointment

McLeod farms - display of antique farm equipment, fresh produce and hand-dipped ice cream for sale
Location: 29247 Hwy 151 McBee, SC 29101                                                                              
Phone: 843-335-8611
Hours: 8am - 6pm daily, Museum hours 10am - 4pm

Hartsville Fall Farmer's Market - Featuring farm fresh produce, organic meats, eggs & cheeses, handmade crafts and fitness expo.
Location: 100 East Carolina Avenue
Hours: Saturday, October 14, 9am-1pm 

Darlington, S.C. Sweet Potato Festival - Featuring craft, food, and arts vendors, live entertainment, music, puppets, exhibits, an antique car show, appearances by Spud, and plenty of funnel cakes and sweet potato pies! 
Location: Public Square, Darlington, SC 29532
Hours: Saturday, October 14, 9am-4pm

Historic Jacob Kelley House - Come out and enjoy the place where the Yankees slept among the Rebels. You will be treated to an authentic farm settlement experience. Guild members will be on hand for guided tours.
Location: 2585 Kelleytown Road
Phone: 843-861-3955
Hours: Sunday, November 5, 3 - 5pm

Hartsville Fall Farmer's Market - Featuring farm fresh produce, organic meats, eggs & cheeses and handmade crafts by local artisans.
Location: 100 East Carolina Avenue
Hours: Saturday, November 11, 9am-1pm

The Way We Worked has been made possible in South Carolina by SC Humanities. The Way We Worked 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. SC Humanities received support for the Hartsville portion of the tour from The Byerly Foundation and Sonoco Products Company.