The Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street, in cooperation with the Kentucky Humanities Council, presents Crossroads: Change in Rural America. This exhibition examines the evolving landscape of rural American and opens at the River Discovery Center in downtown Paducah. Crossroads will be on view from January 9, 2021 through February 13, 2021.
Crossroads explores how rural American communities changed in the 20th century. From sea to shining sea, the vast majority of the United States landscape remains rural with only 3.5% of the landmass considered urban. Since 1900, the percentage of Americans living in rural areas dropped from 60% to 17%. The exhibition looks at that remarkable societal change and how rural Americans responded.