Museum on Main Street

Through a partnership with the Smithsonian Institution, Georgia Humanities hosts Museum on Main Street, a program that provides small and rural communities access to Smithsonian traveling exhibitions. Local communities host the exhibitions and organize accompanying programs.

Crossroads: Change in Rural America begins its Georgia tour on August 24, 2019. See below for info about local programs.



Aug. 24 – Oct. 4, 2019

104 N. Center Street

Thomaston, GA 30286



Dec. 7, 2019 – Jan. 11, 2020

Monticello-Jasper Visitor Center

119 West Washington Street

Monticello, GA 31064



March 7 – April 18, 2020

Summerville Train Depot

119 E. Washington Street

Summerville, GA 30747



Oct. 12 – Nov. 23, 2019 

Telfair Center for the Arts

903 W. College Street

McRae-Helena, GA 31055



Jan. 18 – Feb. 29, 2020

Andrew College

96 Peachtree Street (Town Square)

Cuthbert, GA 39840

Blue Ridge

Blue Ridge

April 25 – June 6, 2020

Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association

420 West Main Street

Blue Ridge, GA 30513

Throughout Georgia’s history, rural communities and people have met at crossroads to build businesses, schools, houses of worship, and transportation hubs.

Our rural communities have served as the heart of cultural life in our state for generations and have raised and influenced our presidents, our governors, our state officials, and our leaders in business, agriculture, education, and the military.

Within the last century we have seen a shift. Less than 25% of Georgia’s citizens live in our rural communities today even though 75% of Georgia’s 159 counties are classified as rural. Uneven opportunities in rural and urban areas have contributed to this population shift.

Change is an inevitable part of any community’s life.

Crossroads: Change in Rural America will explore how rural communities have continually searched for creative opportunities for growth despite fluctuations brought on by the changing economy, shifting land ownership, and population movements.

The places where people have gathered to exchange goods and services as well as engage in political and community discussions are an important part of our cultural fabric.

Using photos, objects, film, audio, and interactive technology, this Smithsonian exhibition explores broader themes of identity, land, community, persistence, and response to change, as well as the role our rural communities have played in shaping the American cultural landscape.

Each of the six host communities, in partnership with local organizations, has developed programs to accompany the Crossroads exhibition. Those programs will tell local stories of change and resilience. With the support of the exhibition, the accompanying programs will also initiate conversations about what the future holds for Georgia’s rural communities.


Georgia Tour at a Glance

  1. Thomaston
    Aug. 24 – Oct.4, 2019
  2. McRae-Helena
    Oct. 12 – Nov. 23, 2019
  3. Monticello
    Dec. 7, 2019 – Jan. 11, 2020
  4. Cuthbert
    Jan. 18, 2020 – Feb.29, 2020
  5. Summerville
    March 7 – April 18, 2020
  6. Blue Ridge
    April 25 – June 5, 2020

Crossroads Sponsors

Crossroads is presented in Georgia by Georgia Humanities, the Center for Public History at the University of West Georgia, Georgia EMC, and the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

Crossroads: Change in Rural America is part of Museum on Main Street, a partnership with the Smithsonian Institution that provides small and rural communities access to Smithsonian traveling exhibitions. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress. To learn more, visit

Sponsorship Opportunities

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