Where you see shopping centers, neighborhoods and offices in Alabama today, you’d probably find a rural area in the not-so-distant past. To shed light on the amount of change that’s taken place in rural America, the Smithsonian Institute has created a traveling exhibit called Crossroads: Change in Rural America. The enlightening exhibit just made its debut, and it still has four more Alabama stops. Here’s what you need to know.
What is the Smithsonian Institute’s Crossroads: Change in Rural America?
Crossroads: Change in Rural America is a collaboration between the Alabama Humanities Alliance and the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street program.
“Crossroads looks at the remarkable evolution in rural life over the past century — and explores how Americans have responded and adapted. 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.”Alabama Humanities Alliance’s website
Needless to say, this exhibit will be a valuable opportunity for anyone wanting to know more about Alabama’s past and get a glimpse into just how much our state has changed.
Where you can find Crossroads: Change in Rural America
You have five chances to see Crossroads: Change in Rural America, each in towns that still have echoes of Alabama’s rural past.
- September 12-October 28, 2023: Blount County Schools Professional Development Center, 62541 US-231, Cleveland, AL 35049
- November 4-December 9, 2023: Lowndes Interpretive Center, 7002 US-80, Hayneville, AL 36040
- December 18, 2023-February 2, 2024: Annie L. Awbrey Public Library, 736 College St, Roanoke, AL 36274
- February 14-April 12, 2024: Historic Triana Health Clinic, 151 Stone St SW, Madison, AL 35756
- April 17-June 21, 2024: Ann Rudd Art Center, 144 E Broad St, Ozark, AL 36360
Find out more about the new exhibit on Alabama Humanities Alliance’s website.
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