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The Way We Worked Smithsonian Exhibit

Ft. Sisseton Historic State Park, Lake City, SD - 605-448-5474
Repeats Every 2 weeks on Wednesday, until June 23, 2019
This is an all-day event

Fort Sisseton is proud to be bringing to the fort some amazing films that go in conjunction with "The Way We Work" Smithsonian exhibition. Gather your friends and family and come watch the history about some key events that affected the way Americans work.

Showing will take place in the Library with popcorn and water being offered. A state Park Entrance License is required for this event and can be purchased the day of.

Movies being played:

Thursday April 25th at 6:30pm: "Rebel: Loreta Velazquez, Secret Soldier of the American Civil War." (60 mins). At the outset of the American Civil War, Loreta Janeta Velazquez, an educated Cuban born teenager, fought as an officer in the battle of First Bull Run, was wounded at Shiloh, and served as a secret agent for the Confederacy. By 1863, Velazquez was spying for the Union. She chafed against the gender and race restrictions of her time, and her 1876 memoir, A Woman in Battle, caused a sensation.

Sunday, May 5th at 2pm: "The Railroads that Tamed the West." (50 mins). Gold. Silver. Land. Opportunity. But first, you had to get there! In 1869, one of the greatest building achievements in history the Transcontinental Railroad was completed. But for the stalwart settlers willing to risk it all, the American West was far from conquered. Travel on the thin steel ribbon of the railroad was a dangerous, even deadly, affair. Bandits, renegades and hostile tribes threatened every trip. Millions of acres of territory were virtually unreachable. To exploit these new lands, thousands of miles of new rails would be laid in the late 1800's, opening the west to settlement, commerce, and civilization. Explore the complete story of the Western railroads through rare photographs, spectacular re-creations and expert interviews. From the early gun battles and political fights to the engineering triumphs that finally mastered a hostile terrain, take an astonishing adventure fueled by ambition and daring!

Sunday May 26th at 2pm: "Surviving the Dust Bowl." (55 mins) In 1931 the rains stopped and the "black blizzards" began. Less well-known than those who sought refuge in California, typified by the Joad family in John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath," the Dust Bowlers stayed and overcame an almost a decade of unbelievable calamities and disasters, enduring drought, dust, disease, even death, determined to preserve their way of life.

Sunday June 16th at 2pm: "The Civilian Conservation Corps." (60 mins) Interweaving rich archival imagery with the personal accounts of Civilian Conservation Corps veterans, this film tells the story of one of the boldest and most popular New Deal experiments, positioning it as a pivotal moment in the emergence of modern environmentalism and federal unemployment relief.