Project Description

Museum on Main Street

Crossroads: Change in Rural America

Crossroads: Change in Rural America is a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition drawing on the history and culture of rural America to provoke fresh thinking and spark conversations about the future and sustainability of rural communities.

Crossroads: Change in Rural America offers small towns a chance to look at their own paths over the past century and to highlight the changes that affected their fortunes. 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 continue today.

With support from Colorado Humanities and the Smithsonian, the Crossroads exhibition gives Colorado communities the chance to explore how their community has adapted to change. Host sites will develop a complementary exhibit and programming that tells their community’s unique Crossroads story and sparks important conversations about local issues.

Seven Colorado communities have been selected to host the Smithsonian exhibition for five weeks each, beginning as soon as the exhibit is available to tour in Colorado.

About Museum on Main Street

Museum on Main Street (MoMS) is a partnership between the Smithsonian Institution and Colorado Humanities to bring traveling exhibitions, educational resources, and programming to small towns through their own local museums, historical societies, and other cultural venues. The exhibitions are designed to engage communities and become a catalyst for conversations.

Congratulations to the hosts that have been selected!

Gunnison Arts Center

Space to Create, Trinidad

Blue Sage Center for the Arts, Paonia

Crossan’s M&A Market Building, Yampa

Museum of Friends Building, Walsenburg1

Otero Museum, La Junta

Luther Bean San Luis Valley Museum, Alamosa (Adams State University)

For more information about this exhibit, contact Gina Huett, Program Coordinator, 303.894.7951 x13 or

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Made possible in Colorado by Colorado Humanities. Crossroads: Change In Rural America is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and the Federation of State Humanities Councils. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the Hearst Foundation.

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