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Crossroads: A Smithsonian Museum on Main Street Exhibition is Coming to Mt. Olive

The Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street (MoMS), in cooperation with Mississippi Humanities Council presents “Crossroads:  Change in Rural America.” The Jane Blain Brewer Memorial Library in Mount Olive and surrounding community was chosen by the Mississippi Humanities Council to host the “Crossroads” exhibition. The exhibition examines the evolving landscape of rural America as part of the Museum on Main Street Program—a national/state/local partnership to bring exhibitions and programs to rural cultural organizations. The exhibition and venues will be housed in the Mount Olive Voluntary Fire Department and the library. The exhibit will be open to the public October 31st   through December 12th, 2020.

During the 20th century rural American communities changed especially as the percentage of Americans living in rural areas dropped from 60% to 17%.  The exhibition looks at that and other economic and cultural changes and how rural Americans responded.  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.  The exhibition allows us to reflect on our history, present and future and gives small towns a chance to look at changes that affected their fortunes over the last century.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for you to support and serve your community during this great event.  We’re looking for enthusiastic volunteers to participate in this educational and cultural event.  We need volunteers who will serve as tour guides and secure the environment during the event. CDC Guidelines will be observed throughout the exhibition. For more information in regards to volunteer requirements and training call 601-797-4955(Jane Blain Brewer Memorial Library and speak with Martha Diehl or talk/text Barbara at 601-382-1649).

Submitted by Barbara Campbell is an online new source covering Simpson and surrounding counties as well as the State of Mississippi.


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