As part of the INseparable theme, Indiana Humanities brought the Smithsonian’s Crossroads: Change in Rural America exhibit to six Hoosier communities from September 2019 to June 2020.

Crossroads: Change in Rural America is an exhibit developed by Museum on Main Street, a Smithsonian Institution program that works with rural communities to design and host high-quality exhibits and create dynamic public programs across the U.S.

Program Details

Exhibit Locations

Tour dates included:

  • Aurora Public Library, Dillsboro Branch: Sept. 7, 2019–Oct. 20, 2019
  • Washington County Historical Society (Salem): Oct. 26, 2019–Dec. 6, 2019
  • Jennings County Historical Society (North Vernon): Dec. 14, 2019–Jan. 26, 2020
  • Elkhart County Historical Museum (Bristol): Feb. 1, 2020–March 15, 2020
  • North Manchester Center for History: June 14, 2020–July 17, 2020
  • Historic New Harmony: Exhibit stop canceled due to Covid-19, local programs still occurred

Eight additional communities received grants to develop programs, mini-exhibits and other projects related to the theme of change in rural America.

Exhibit Themes

Crossroads explores many themes that resonate with Hoosiers today, including:

  • Identity
  • Land
  • Community
  • Persistence
  • Managing change

Program Highlights


Crossroads: Change in Rural America Concludes Statewide Tour

Discover how the Crossroads exhibit showcased the evolution of rural communities in Indiana and what the future may hold.

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Contact Beth Kloote, Office Manager / Executive Assistant:
bkloote@indianahumanities.org | 317.616.0007

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