Crossroads: Change in Rural America

As part of INseparable, 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

Crossroads: Change in Rural America is the newest 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 United States. Indiana Humanities is proud to bring this award-winning program to the Hoosier state for the first time. 

Crossroads explores many themes that resonate with Hoosiers today, including identity, land, community, persistence and managing change. Learn more about the exhibit content here.

Indiana Humanities has selected six communities to host the exhibit for six weeks each; hosts will receive extensive training, funding and other resources from the expert staffs of the Smithsonian and Indiana Humanities. Each of the hosts will also curate a unique section of the exhibit that tells the story of their community as it relates to the Crossroads theme. Eight additional communities have received $1,500 grants to develop programs, mini-exhibits and other projects related to the theme of change in rural America. 

Indiana Humanities is proud to partner with the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) on Crossroads: Change in Rural America. OCRA works with Indiana communities to build relevant and economically thriving places where people want to live, work and grow.

About the exhibition

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Tour Dates
  • Aurora Public Library, Dillsboro Branch (10151 Library Lane, Dillsboro):
    September 7, 2019–October 20, 2019

  • Washington County Historical Society (206 S College Ave., Salem):
    October 26, 2019–December 6, 2019

  • Jennings County Historical Society (50 Short Street, North Vernon):
    December 14, 2019–January 26, 2020

  • Elkhart County Historical Museum (304 W Vistula St, Bristol):
    February 1, 2020–March 15, 2020

  • North Manchester Center for History (122 E Main St, North Manchester):
    June 14, 2020–July 17, 2020

  • Historic New Harmony (612 Church St, New Harmony):
    Exhibit stop canceled due to COVID-19, local programs are still happening 

Stipend Recipients
  • Greentown Historical Society (Greentown)
  • Harrison County Discovery Center (Corydon)
  • Jasper Community Arts (Jasper)
  • Lawrenceburg Main Street (Lawrenceburg)
  • Marshall County Historical Society (Plymouth)
  • New Carlisle–Olive Township Public Library (New Carlisle)
  • Ripley County Tourism Bureau (Versailles)
  • Wabash County Historical Museum (Wabash)

Contact Megan Telligman, Senior Program Manager | 317.616.9409