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Small Town Showcase 

We strive to highlight the uniqueness of Missouri’s small towns, and to showcase the bigger picture of what Small Town America really is and why it should not be overlooked, overshadowed, or underappreciated. 

This pilot program will provide us the opportunity to connect with more of our smaller/rural communities, form strategic partnerships, and expand our reach. In turn, the project provides communities with a platform to tell their stories and market what they have to offer to a larger audience.

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 three to five-minute video about their community, shot on site
  • 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

For this pilot year, Missouri Humanities selected our first set of Featured Five communities. We are very excited to work with the communities of Marble Hill, Chillicothe, Lamar, Mountain Grove, and Sweet Springs in the upcoming year, and are looking forward to helping spread the word about these unique Missouri gems!


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

Should we showcase your community? Fill out the nomination form for your chance to be one of our “Featured 5” for next year!

We are excited to introduce our Pilot Communities…

Marble Hill, MO 
Marble Hill, in Bollinger County, is situated in Southeast Missouri. This community of 1,500 people is nestled in the foothills of the Ozarks and is a destination for outdoor recreation, charming shops, smiling locals and the home of the “Missouri Dinosaur.” 
Chillicothe, MO 
Situated along Highway 36 in Livingston County, Chillicothe is perhaps most notable for being the “Home of Sliced Bread.” But there is so much more to love about this Missouri community! From wonderful museums to breathtaking murals, Chillicothe is certainly worth a visit. Podcast coming soon!