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Crossroads: Change in Rural America at Crane

October 31, 2023 - December 12, 2023

Free

Open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 10am-4pm, or groups of 10 or more with a reservation at other times.

About the Exhibit: Missouri Humanities, in conjunction with the Smithsonian, are proud to present Crossroads: Change in Rural America. 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 led to massive growth of America’s urban areas. Yet, less than 10% of the U.S. landmass is considered urban.

Many Americans assume that rural communities are endangered and hanging on by a thread—suffering from outmigration, ailing schools, and overused land. But that perception is far from true in many areas. Many rural Americans work hard to sustain their communities. Why should revitalizing the rural places left behind matter to those who remain, those who left, and those who will come in the future? All Americans benefit from rural America’s successes. We can learn great things from listening to those stories. 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.

Details

Start:
October 31, 2023
End:
December 12, 2023
Cost:
Free
Event Category:
Website:
http://www.stonecountyhistoricalsociety.com/

Organizer

Missouri Humanities
Phone
3147819660
Email
mailmohumanities@gmail.com
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Venue

Stone County Historical Society Event Center
117 S Main St
Crane, 65633
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Phone
4172300800
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