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 — August 26, 2023 – October 2, 2023

Alamosa, San Luis Valley Museum — October 10, 2023 – November 6, 2023

Walsenburg, Museum of Friends Museum — November 8, 2023 – December 18, 2023

Trinidad, Corazon de Trinidad Creative District — December 21, 2023 – February 6, 2024

La Junta, Otero Museum/Southeast Colorado Creative Partnership — February 7, 2024 – March 11, 2024

Yampa-Egeria Historical Society — March 13, 2024 – April 15, 2024

Paonia, Blue Sage Center for the Arts — April 17, 2024 – May 21, 2024

For more information about this exhibit, contact Colorado Humanities Director of Programs & Center for the Book Josephine Jones at or 303.894.7951 x15.

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 partners

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