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Nelson County to host Smithsonian exhibit on changes to rural America

LYNCHBURG — The Smithsonian is bringing its latest exhibit featuring life in rural America to museums across Virginia, including Nelson County.

According to a news release, the Virginia Association of Museums and Virginia Humanities are partnering with the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street program to bring the program’s latest exhibition, “Crossroads,” to six museums around the commonwealth.

The exhibition will travel through Virginia between August 2021 and June 2022.

In addition to hosting the national exhibition, participating museums also will plan conversations and partnerships to highlight their communities and local issues. According to the release, the “Crossroads” exhibit will prompt discussions about what happened when America’s rural population became a minority of the country’s population and the changes that followed.

The exhibit will be at the Nelson Memorial Library and Nelson County Historical Society from March 12 to April 17, 2022. This will be the only host site in Central Virginia.

The Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street program is an outreach initiative that engages small-town audiences and brings new focus to underserved rural communities, the release states.

Since 1994, the program has visited more than 1,600 communities with a median population of 8,000.


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