WSU-2013-Counselor-Education-ExhibitWinona State University students and faculty from the Counselor Education and Communication Studies departments collaborated with the Winona County Historical Society to develop a companion exhibit for the Smithsonian traveling exhibit, “The Way We Worked.”

The “Winona Works” Project, on display at the Winona County History Center through Jan. 26, will provide insight into Winona’s workforce through the voices of those working in the community today. The students will present about their project as part of a panel discussion at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at the Winona County History Center, 160 Johnson Street.

The “Winona Works” Project involved collecting narratives from members of Winona’s workforce to document past and present perspectives on work in America, specifically the Winona area. Counselor Education graduate students conducted videotaped interviews, working in collaboration with translators from Project FINE so that underrepresented populations such as immigrant workers could be represented.

Posters representing the findings of the study of Winona’s workers and their career development are included as part of the “Winona Works” exhibit. The exhibit also features video narrative displays created by undergraduate students in Communication Studies, including the videotapes of the interviews, as well as information and artifacts from Winona County Historical Society archives.

The project was partially funded by the Learning and Community Engagement Committee and the American Democracy Project.

For more information, contact Dawnette Cigrand.

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