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Crossroads: Change in Rural America August 2020 - June 2021


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In 2020-2021, Humanities Kansas launched the Crossroads: Change in Rural America initiative, anchored by a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition from Museum on Main Street. The initiative sparked fresh thinking and new conversations about the future and sustainability of Kansas communities. Local exhibitions, public programs, online resources, and the Smithsonian exhibition offered food for thought as Kansans considered what's at stake in small towns. Every community at a crossroads asks a similar question– what does it take to survive and thrive and how has that changed over time and across generations?   


  • 6 Kansas communities hosted the Smithsonian traveling exhibition
  • 15 Kansas communities explored the Crossroads theme in their own town
  • 17,000 Kansans visited the Crossroads exhibition and engaged in local exhibits and programming
  • 2,500 people visited the online Crossroads companion website. 
  • A special publication – At the Crossroads: Stories of Change in Rural Kansas – was distributed statewide featuring 16 Kansas stories. 
  • The Crossroads Conversations Resource Catalog included free speakers and book discussions.
  • 58 Kansas nonprofit cultural organizations organized history presentations to examine the Crossroads theme. 

An Overview:

Crossroads Partner Map

Read more about the Crossroads initiative and its impact here.

Crossroads Website



Crossroads: Change in Rural America was made possible in Kansas by Humanities Kansas with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, HK Friends of the Humanities, and the following partners.

Crossroads Funding



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