We are not a flyover state…
We are the heart of America
We strive to highlight the uniqueness of rural Missouri, and to showcase the bigger picture of what Small Town America really is, and why it shouldn’t be overlooked, overshadowed, or underappreciated.
Each year, communities will be nominated and voted on by Missourians to become our annual “Featured Five” communities. Each of our Featured Five will work with Missouri Humanities on the following:
- A short video about their community
- An hour-long podcast, roundtable-style
- A feature in our bi-annual publication, MoHumanities
- A highlight reel, featuring all five communities, to be shown during our annual gala
Contact Caitlin Yager, Director of Heritage Programs, at email@example.com
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2023 “Featured Five” Communities
St. James, MO
Known far and wide for its famed winery, and for good reason, St. James has plenty more to offer both visitors and residents alike. This community, located in Phelps County, is home to about 4,000 residents who are passionate about their town and are always willing to lend a hand to better this special place.
With a population of just under 700 people, Norborne knows what it means to be small but mighty. This town in Carroll County is renowned for being the “Soybean Capital of the World,” and is a big player in the agriculture community. Their annual Soybean Festival at the end of the summer celebrates the interconnectedness of community, agriculture, and local businesses, and draws large crowds each year to this rural town in Northwest Missouri. Video coming in Fall 2023.
Seymour is located in Webster County with a population just shy of 2,000 people. This town truly knows how to celebrate the important bond between community, local businesses, and tourism. Seymour showcases so many heartwarming examples of how important this place is to the people who live here and to those who visit.