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Crossroads: Change in Rural America exhibit is coming to northwest Kansas in May.  This Smithsonian exhibit will be displayed in Norton at the Gloria Nelson Cultural Arts Center from May 1 through June 13.   Five area museums are partner sites to the exhibit and each partner site will share a story of events in their communities that brought change to their residents’ way of life.  The five partner sites are WaKeeney, Hoxie, Oberlin, Colby, and Goodland.  The Historical Society is creating this special display which will feature several events that impacted the area and a look into the future.      


Crossroads: Change in Rural America offers small towns a chance to look at their own paths to highlight the changes that affected their fortunes over the past century.  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. 

This cultural project is under the direction of Museum on Main Street, which has been sharing the Smithsonian’s resources with rural America since 1994.  It is a partnership of the Smithsonian and the state humanities council.  Support for Museum on Main Street has been made possible through the generous support of the United States Congress.  

The Crossroads exhibit first opened in August 2020 in Iola, Kansas and has been on exhibit throughout Kansas since last year.  The final exhibit display will be in northwest Kansas starting on May 1.    


This is your chance to visit six different communities to learn about their crossroads in rural America.  These displays are made possible by the Smithsonian Institute and Humanities Kansas.  Brochures are available at each location for specific information on the exhibits and programs.