Tour Schedule Announced for the Smithsonian's Museum on Main Street Exhibition
The Virginia Association of Museums and Virginia Humanities are partnering to bring the newest exhibition from Smithsonian's Museum on Main Street Program to Virginia. 6 museums around the Commonwealth have been selected to host the exhibition, which will be here from August of 2021 to June of 2022.
Each chosen museum will not only host the national exhibition, but will also be planning local conversations and partnerships to highlight their communities and the local issues with which they deal. We are excited to work with all of these organizations as they prepare for the exhibition's arrival.
The Virginia Tour of Crossroads
August 28, 2021 to October 3, 2021
October 16, 2021 to November 21, 2021
December 4, 2021 to January 9, 2022
January 22, 2022 to February 27, 2022
March 12, 2022 to April 17, 2022
April 20, 2022 to June 5, 2022
About the Exhibition
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.
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. Economic innovation and a focus on the cultural facets that make small towns unique, comfortable, and desirable have helped many communities create their own renaissance. The future is bright for much of rural America as small towns embrace the notion that their citizens and their cultural uniqueness are important assets.
About the Museum on Main Street Program
Museum on Main Street (MoMS) is a Smithsonian Institution outreach program that engages small town audiences and brings revitalized attention to underserved rural communities. They partner with state humanities councils and state museum associations to bring traveling exhibitions, educational resources and programming to small towns across America through their own local museums, historical societies and other cultural venues. Their exhibitions are designed to engage communities and become a catalyst for conversation about life in small-town America. Since 1994, Museum on Main Street exhibitions have visited more than 1,600 communities with a median population of 8,000.