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Red Bay Museum partners with the Smithsonian Institution

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Updated: 9/14/2013 9:18 pm
RED BAY, Ala. (WTVA) - An Alabama museum had the chance of a lifetime when they were asked to pair with the Smithsonian Institution to create an historical exhibit.

The Red Bay Museum held the grand opening of "The Way We Worked" exhibit, the story of the American worker over the last 150 years, on Sept. 14th at the Weatherford Centre.

"We're just still so amazed and honored to share this story," said Rosalyn Fabianke, project director. "We're not only showing the story of how America works but how Red Bay and this entire region have worked."

Fabianke said Red Bay is one of only six towns in the state to take part in the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit.

"How often does the Smithsonian come to your neighborhood," Fabianke asked.

The Smithsonian, along with the National Archives, travels the country asking small towns to tell their history through a month-long exhibit, and Red Bay was presented with the first opportunity.

"We don't want the children of this area to ever forget that his little town was built by the sweat and the tears and hard, hard work of some people that are long gone," said Jan Page, exhibit volunteer.

There are ten exhibit venues, including America Works, the story of American workers, and Red Bay works, the history of Red Bay's business and industry.

"Everyone has a story," Fabianke said. "Learn to share your story. Preserve that story."

"If we don't hold onto the past, we won't have anything to guide us into the future," Page said.

Page said this exhibit differs from most because of town participation, such as Streetscapes, which are selected street corners and storefronts that are decorated by businesses, churches and organizations introduced to enhance and beautify the town.

"It's just turned into a regular competition around here," Page said.

As far as what intrigues Page the most, "The Smithsonian," she said. "The Washington Smithsonian coming to such a small community like ours, that would make me want to come just to find out what that town did to deserve that."

"The Way We Worked" museum lasts until October 25th, and admission is free for all ages.


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