Crossroads: Change in Rural America
"In 1900, about 40% of Americans lived in rural areas, By 2010, less than 18% of the U.S. population lived in rural areas. In just over a century, massive economic and social changes led to massive growth of America's urban areas. Yet, less than 10% of the U.S. landmass is considered urban.
Many Americans assume that rural communities are endangered and hanging on by a thread—suffering from outmigration, ailing schools, and overused land. But that perception is far from true in many areas. Many rural Americans work hard to sustain their communities. Why should revitalizing the rural places left behind matter to those who remain, those who left, and those who will come in the future? All Americans benefit from rural America's successes. We can learn great things from listening to those stories. There is much more to the story of rural America!
Crossroads: Change in Rural America offers small towns a chance to look at their own paths to highlight the changes that affected their fortunes over the past century. The exhibition will prompt discussions about what happened when America’s rural population became a minority of the country’s population and the ripple effects that occurred.
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. Economic innovation and a focus on the cultural facets that make small towns unique, comfortable, and desirable have helped many communities create their own renaissance. The future is bright for much of rural America as small towns embrace the notion that their citizens and their cultural uniqueness are important assets."
Calendar of Events
22 - Teen Program - Learn to Make Bread (optional programming)
30 - Docent training
2 - Community Read Begins - A Painted House by John Grisham
3 - Herb & Spice Club w/ MS Extension Office - Planting Herbs for Winter program with Tristan Peavey
4 - Dinosaur Day (optional programming)
14 - Exhibit Opens
16 - 25 Pumpkin Decorating Contest - Crossroads themed pumpkins!
17 - Business Mixer with guest Leah Kemp
18 - Storytime with Rex Lumber - Forestry related
19 - Teen Program - Canning Basics & Fall Crafts
20 - Ribbon-Cutting with Senator Hyde-Smith & Mayor Joe Cox
23 - Book Club Discussion - A Painted House by John Grisham
26 - Crossroads Painting by Original Cypress (Reservation Required)
26 - 31 Voting for Pumpkin Decorating Contest
1 - Pumpkin Decorating Winner Announced
4 - Movies on the Lawn - Showing Night at the Museum
7 - Herb & Spice Club w/Felder Rushing
14 - Guest Speaker Joe Brown on Forestry
22 - Exhibit Closes
*Storytimes are every Wednesday (through November 21) and are museum themed or Crossroad's related.