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Smithsonian's Museum on Main Street

In 2021, VAM and Virginia Humanities will be sponsoring the newest Museum on Main Street exhibition, Crossroads: Change in Rural America as it makes a visit to Virginia

The Smithsonian's Museum on Main Street Program is making a return to Virginia

Crossroads: Change in Rural America

In 1900, about 40% of Americans lived in rural areas, By 2010, less than 18% of the U.S. population lived in rural areas. In just over a century, massive economic and social changes led to massive growth of America's urban areas. Yet, less than 10% of the U.S. landmass is considered urban.

Many Americans assume that rural communities are endangered and hanging on by a thread—suffering from outmigration, ailing schools, and overused land. But that perception is far from true in many areas. Many rural Americans work hard to sustain their communities. Why should revitalizing the rural places left behind matter to those who remain, those who left, and those who will come in the future? All Americans benefit from rural America's successes. We can learn great things from listening to those stories. There is much more to the story of rural America!

Crossroads: Change in Rural America offers small towns a chance to look at their own paths to highlight the changes that affected their fortunes over the past century. The exhibition will prompt discussions about what happened when America’s rural population became a minority of the country’s population and the ripple effects that occurred.

Crossroads Tour in Virginia

Opening Site: August 28, 2021 to October 3, 2021

Hanover Museum of History and Culture/Ashland Museum

Site Two: October 16, 2021 to November 21, 2021

Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History    

Site 3: December 4, 2021 to January 9, 2022

Reynolds Homestead

Site 4: January 22, 2022 to February 27, 2022

Historic Crab Orchard

Site 5: March 12, 2022 to April 17, 2022

Nelson Memorial Library and Nelson Historical Society, County of Nelson

Closing Site: April 20, 2022 to June 5, 2022                               

Morven Park: Westmoreland Davis Memorial Foundation