New Hampshire Humanities is partnering with Vermont Humanities and the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street program to bring a travelling exhibit, Crossroads: Change in Rural America, to small towns in New Hampshire and Vermont from August 2024-August 2025. Each council will support three host sites in their respective states; each location will host the exhibit for six weeks.
Crossroads exhibitions are most powerful when the local community plans, shapes, and implements the exhibit, defining what the project means to them.
NHH seeks proposals from organizations based in rural towns in NH to host Crossroads and develop complimentary programming that will build on local partnerships and encourage community members’ involvement in the exhibition. NHH will provide grant funds to support exhibition and programming costs, as well as a subject matter expert who will help develop the exhibition programming.
Crossroads: Change in Rural America offers rural towns the opportunity to highlight and reflect on the changes that have affected their fortunes over the past century. Despite economic and demographic shifts, America’s small towns continue to find new creative opportunities for economic innovation and cultural life. Crossroads prompts discussion about how these changes impacted small towns and the ways that rural towns are important assets to the nation.
The exhibit is organized into six sections (including an introduction) that explore change in rural America through five concepts: identity, land, community, persistence, managing change.
Exhibit Guiding Questions
Sites will host Crossroads for a period of six weeks. Exact dates will be determined once all host sites are selected. An estimated timeline is provided below.
Crossroads is designed as a travelling exhibition. Each site hosts the exhibit for six weeks. Host sites can vary with every town. The site should be accessible for the general public and be able to fullfill the exhibit's size requirements. While museums, libraries, and historical societies are often hosts, town halls or meeting spaces, store fronts, gymnasiums, and churches have provide a host site location.
Email Programs@nhhumanities.org with any questions. We will be happy to schedule a call to discuss your ideas.
New Hampshire Humanities programs are made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this these programs do not necessarily represent those of the NEH or New Hampshire Humanities.