Smithsonian traveling exhibit coming to Morristown

Matthew Lane • Aug 22, 2019 at 6:00 PM

MORRISTOWN – The Smithsonian Museum is bringing one of its traveling exhibits to Morristown later this year. The exhibit - “Crossroads: Change in Rural America” explores the evolving landscape and culture of rural America during the 20th century.

The exhibit opens at the Rose Center on Nov. 2 and will be on view through Dec. 7. It’s part of the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street program — a national, state and local partnership to bring exhibitions and programs to rural cultural organizations.

“Crossroads” will tour only six communities in Tennessee from September through June 2020.

“’Crossroads’ allows us to reflect on Morristown’s history, present, and future and we are excited to explore what the future may hold for our community,” said Beccy Hamm, Rose Center’s Executive Director. “We want to convene conversations about what makes our community unique and are developing local exhibitions and public programs to complement the Smithsonian exhibition.”

Designed for small-town museums, libraries and cultural organizations, “Crossroads” will serve as a community meeting place for conversations about how rural America has changed. With the support and guidance of state humanities councils, these towns will develop complementary exhibits, host public programs and facilitate educational initiatives to raise people’s understanding about their own history, the joys and challenges of living rural, how change has impacted their community, and prompt discussion of goals for the future.

The Rose Center is located at 442 W. 2nd North St. in Morristown and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday, with special weekend hours for the exhibit. For more information, visit www.rosecenter.org or call (423) 581-4330.

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