Crossroads - Changes in Rural America, a traveling Smithsonian exhibition presented by Indiana Humanities. The North Manchester Center for History is one of six Indiana locations chosen to host this exhibit.
The exhibit examines how "Americans come together at the crossroads. Form communities, invest in places and build their futures where their paths cross. Small towns became centers of commerce, trade, local politics and culture. Rural life revolves around crossroads communities -- towns, villages and rural hamlets. These communities are powerful, dynamic places where people connect to exchange ideas, work toward common goals, rely on neighbors and build a future."
Crossroads: Change in Rural America is part of Museum on Main Street program, a collaborative between the Smithsonian Institution and Indiana Humanities. The Smithsonian has been sponsoring exhibits through their Museum on Main Street program for 25 years. Their collaboration with state humanities councils have revitalized and educated rural communities with their diverse programs.
The North Manchester Center for History staff and volunteers have already started their training and planning for their turn at hosting the exhibit in March. Follow us on Facebook for updates. We have several fun events in the works.
The exhibit will be on display in 6 different Indiana communities (Dillsboro, Salem, Vernon, Bristol, North Manchester, New Harmony) from September 7th - June 21st, 2020. To learn more, connect to Indiana Humanities.