Humanities Council Announces Journey Stories Statewide Exhibition

Humanities Council Announces Journey Stories Statewide Exhibition

GREENSBORO, NC (April 27, 2012) – Journey Stories, a Museum on Main Street (MoMS) exhibition presented by the North Carolina Humanities Council, the Smithsonian Institution, and rural communities statewide, begins a year-long tour throughout North Carolina in June 2012.

“With Journey Stories, our state will uniquely engage the themes of migration, immigration, travel, and transportation,” says Humanities Council’s Darrell Stover, Program Director. North Carolina has a central place in the unfolding history of transportation via the ‘first-in-flight’ saga of the Wright brothers and the diverse modes of navigating our coastal and inland waterways. The forced migration and return stories of the Trail of Tears of the Cherokee, the Underground Railroad as well as the Northern Migration of African Americans, and the Wagon Road immigration of the Scots-Irish are also exceptional and important legacies. Then there are the personal and individual journeys such as those of Horace Kephart and George Masa to the Great Smoky Mountains and their struggle to preserve them. We have it all, and Journey Stories allows us to put our unique history on the map.

The six Journey Stories host sites include

Journey Stories offers rural communities – where one-fifth of all Americans live – access to exhibits from the Smithsonian Institution and gives North Carolina the opportunity to collect and showcase its distinct development via the growth of railroads and highways from Native American trade routes, immigration to our state for a better way of life, and the creation of new transportation technologies. The exhibition examines how transportation and migration helped build our nation, how it has changed us, and how our mobile world looked to travelers along the way. Each host site will develop programming and activities to complement the exhibition – lectures, films, performances, personal stories and oral histories, digital humanities, and photo essays about the freedom of mobility and the personal experience of travel.

Support for MoMS has been provided by the U.S. Congress. Learn more at www.museumonmainstreet.org and www.nchumanities.org.