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Crossroads: Change in Rural America

Broken Bow, 1886
Photo by Solomon Butcher
Courtesy of Library of Congress

Coming to Nebraska in 2021! 

In 1900, about 40% of Americans lived in rural areas. By 2010, less than 18% of the U.S. population lived in rural areas. In just over a century, massive economic and social changes moved millions of Americans into urban areas. Yet, only 10% of the U.S. landmass is considered urban. 

Many Americans consider rural communities to be endangered and hanging on by a thread—suffering from brain drain, inadequate schools, and a barren, overused landscape. Why should revitalizing the rural places left behind matter to those who remain? Those who left? And those who will come in the future? Because there is much more to the story of rural America. 

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. 

Despite the massive economic and demographic impacts brought on by these changes, America’s small towns continue to creatively focus on new opportunities for growth and development. Economic innovation and a focus on the cultural facets that make small towns unique, comfortable, and desirable have helped many communities create their own renaissance. The future is bright for much of rural America as small towns embrace the notion that their citizens and their cultural uniqueness are important assets. . 

Selected sites will host the exhibit for about six weeks each between September 2021 and April 2022, with support and materials from Humanities Nebraska and the Smithsonian. For more information, contact Mary Yager at (402) 474-2131 or mary@humanitiesnebraska.org.

Plains Historical Society Museum
816 East 3rd Street
Kimball, Nebraska

Johnson County Historical Society Museum
289 Clay Street
Tecumseh, Nebraska

Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Sunday: 12 noon – 4 p.m.

Falls City Library and Arts Center
1400 Stone Street
Falls City, Nebraska

Monday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. – 12 noon

Wisner Senior Center
1006 Avenue E
Wisner, NE 68791

National Willa Cather Center
425 N Webster Street
Red Cloud, NE 

Tuesday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Keystone Business Center
402 Norris Ave
McCook, Nebraska

Monday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Dawes County Historical Society Museum
341 Country Club Road
Chadron, Nebraska

Monday: 10 a.m – 4 p.m.
Tuesday: 10 a.m – 4 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m – 4 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m – 4 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m – 4 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m – 4 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m – 5 p.m.

We welcome sponsors for this traveling exhibition!

Your name and/or business logo will be added here when you sponsor Crossroads!

Please call Heather Thomas at 402.474.2131 for more information