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 is touring Georgia through June 2020. Meet our host communities below.

Georgia Tour at a Glance

Out of an abundance of caution for public health and safety, the exhibition in Summerville is closed until further notice. All accompanying weekend events, including the Saturday train excursions, are also postponed. More information on the exhibition’s reopening will be provided, as it is made available.

  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 News

Our rural communities have served as the heart of cultural life in our state for generations. These crossroads 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.

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 uses photos, objects, film, audio, and interactive technology, to explore 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.

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 museumonmainstreet.org.

Meet the Host Communities

Thomaston

Crossroads toured Thomaston from Aug. 24 – Oct. 4, 2019.
Read more the exhibit’s time in Thomaston below.

McRae-Helena

Crossroads toured McRae-Helena from Oct. 12 – Nov. 23, 2019.
Read more the exhibit’s time in McRae-Helena below.

Monticello

Monticello

Crossroads toured Monticello from Dec. 7, 2019 – Jan. 11, 2020.
Read more the exhibit’s time in Monticello below.

Cuthbert

Cuthbert

Crossroads toured Cuthbert from Jan. 18 – Feb. 29, 2020.
Read more the exhibit’s time in Cuthbert below.

Summerville

Summerville

March 7 – April 18, 2020

Summerville Train Depot
119 E. Washington Street
Summerville, GA 30747

Blue Ridge

Blue Ridge

April 25 – June 6, 2020

Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association
420 West Main Street
Blue Ridge, GA 30513

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