Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit: Crossroads: Change in Rural America

North Carolina Humanities is proud to present the Smithsonian Institution’s Crossroads: Change in Rural America exhibition. The exhibit examining the evolving landscape of rural America tours around North Carolina in 2022-2023.

 

The tour begins at Iredell Museums in Statesville September 2022. From there, the exhibit travels to Joyner Library at East Carolina University in Greenville, Granville County Historical Society and Museum in Oxford, Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City, and Mountain Heritage Center at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee. The tour concludes at Onslow County Museum in Richlands June 2023.

 

NC Humanities Selected Venue
City
General Tour Schedule. Specific dates announced per venue.
Iredell Museums
Statesville
September 2022 – October 2022
Joyner Library at East Carolina University
Greenville
October 2022 – November 2022
Granville County Historical Society and Museum
Oxford
December 2022 – January 2023
Museum of the Albemarle
Elizabeth City
January 2023 – March 2023
Mountain Heritage Center at Western Carolina University
Cullowhee
March 2023 – April 2023
Onslow County Museum
Richlands
May 2023 – June 2023

 

About the Exhibit:

Crossroads: Change in Rural America is a Smithsonian Institution exhibit that offers small towns and rural communities a chance to look at their own paths to highlight the changes that affected their fortunes over the past century. The exhibit explores how rural America embraces the notion that their citizens and their cultural uniqueness are important assets. All Americans benefit from rural America’s successes, and we can learn great things from listening to those stories.

With program support and grant funding from NC Humanities, the six selected venues develop complementary exhibits that showcase their local history, people, and stories and offer programs and events that prompt discussions about the economic innovations, challenges, persistence, and cultural facets that make their community unique and essential.

 

Thank you to our Crossroads exhibit sponsors! 

 

 

 

Exhibit Themes:

  • Identity
  • Land
  • Community
  • Persistence
  • Managing Change

 

 

About Museum on Main Street:

Crossroads: Change in Rural America has been made possible in North Carolina by NC Humanities. Crossroads: Change in Rural America is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration program between the Smithsonian Institution and state humanities councils nationwide that brings exhibitions and programs to small-town communities and residents of rural America. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress. Learn more at www.museumonmainstreet.org.

Looking to support this program? Email our Development and Communications Manager at mmoore@nchumanities.org for more information.

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