Project Description

Museum on Main Street
Smithsonian Institute Traveling Exhibit

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 September 12, 2020.

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
September 12 – October 17, 2020

Luther Bean San Luis Valley Museum, Alamosa (Adams State University)
October 24 – November 28, 2020

Space to Create, Trinidad
December 5 – January 9, 2021

Blue Sage Center for the Arts, Paonia
January 16 – February 20, 2021

Crossan’s M&A Market Building, Yampa
February 27 – April 3, 2021

Museum of Friends Building, Walsenburg
April 10 – May 15, 2021

Otero Museum, La Junta
May 22 – June 26, 2021

Join Us

Check the calendar to learn more about the upcoming events.

For more information about this exhibit, contact Betty Jo Brenner, Program Coordinator, 303.894.7951 x17 or


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.

Special thanks to our sponsors

Upcoming Events

Join Colorado Humanities in our upcoming events

Veterans Writing Workshop

October 24 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until March 5, 2020

Museum on Main Street

September 12, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every day that begins at 10:00 am, repeating until October 17, 2020


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