MORRISTOWN, TN – Aug. 12, 2019 – The Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street, in cooperation with Humanities Tennessee, presents “Crossroads: Change in Rural America,” which examines the evolving landscape and culture of rural America, on display Nov. 2-Dec. 7 at Rose Center.
Rose Center and the surrounding community will host “Crossroads” as part of the Museum on Main Street program – a national, state and local partnership to bring exhibitions and programs to rural cultural organizations. The exhibition will tour six communities in Tennessee from September 7, 2019 through June 21, 2020.
“Crossroads” explores how rural American communities changed in the 20th century. The vast majority of the United States landscape remains rural with only 3.5% of the landmass considered urban. Since 1900, the percentage of Americans living in rural areas dropped from 605% to 17%. The exhibition looks at the societal change and how rural Americans responded. Despite the massive economic and demographic impacts brought on by these changes, America’s small towns continue to creatively focus on new opportunities for growth and development.
Designed for small-town museums, libraries and cultural organizations, “Crossroads” serves as a community meeting place for conversations about how rural America has changed. With the support and guidance of state humanities councils, these towns can develop complementary exhibits, host public programs and facilitate educational initiatives to raise people’s understanding about their own history, the joys and challenges of living rural, how change has impacted their community, and prompt discussion of goals for the future.
The exhibition is part of Museum on Main Street, a unique collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), state humanities councils across the nation, and local host institutions.
For more information, visit www.museumonmainstreet.org.
Support for MoMS has been provided by the U. S. Congress.
About Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service
Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service has been sharing the wealth of Smithsonian collections and research programs with millions of people outside Washington, D. C., for more than 65 years. Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service connects Americans to their shared cultural heritage through a wide range of exhibitions about art, science and history, which are shown wherever people live, work, and play. For exhibition description and tour schedules, visit www.sites.si.edu.
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