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Small Town Showcase

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

    Nominate Your Community!

     

    Nominations for 2025 are open from March 1, 2024, to June 1, 2024. Eligible communities are located within the state of Missouri with populations of 10,000 people or fewer. 

    CLICK HERE TO NOMINATE YOUR COMMUNITY

     

    Questions?

    Contact Caitlin Yager, Director of Heritage Programs, at caitlin@mohumanities.org

    Check out our previous Episodes & Podcasts at the links below. Don’t forget to Subscribe!

    SMALL TOWN SHOWCASE ON YOUTUBE

    SMALL TOWN SHOWCASE PODCAST

    2023 “Featured Five” Communities

    Carl Junction, MO

    Carl Junction is a bedroom community outside of Joplin, Missouri. This town of just under 8,000 people boasts beautiful Ozark scenery and passionate residents whose dedication to community support is unmatched. When there is a need, residents, business owners, and leaders never hesitate to step up. It’s no wonder CJ wanted to show off!

    WATCH VIDEO

    LISTEN TO PODCAST

    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.

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    LISTEN TO PODCAST

    Norborne, MO

    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.

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    Seymour, MO

    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.

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    Doniphan, MO

    Welcome to where the past meets the Current… the Current River that is! Come with us to Doniphan, deep in Southern Missouri. Here, the Current River is their life’s blood. The history of the community is rooted in it. It’s an invaluable tourist attraction, but it also serves as a symbol for the importance of conserving natural history and resources.

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