Crossroads: Change in Rural America Opens in Denmark

South Carolina Humanities, in cooperation with the Smithsonian Institute’s Museum on Main Street program, is pleased to present Crossroads: Change in Rural America. The exhibition examining the evolving landscape of rural America will open at the Voorhees College in Denmark on Saturday, October 27, 2018. The exhibit will visit four additional communities through June 2019.

Since 1900, the percentage of Americans living in rural areas dropped from 60 percent to 17 percent. Yet, Americans still rely on rural communities for the food and other resources that power the nation. Crossroads: Change in Rural America looks at that remarkable 20th-century societal change and how rural Americans responded. Learn more about the exhibit!

Dr. Randy Akers, Executive Director of SC Humanities, is pleased to be bringing Crossroads to South Carolina: “SC Humanities is one of the first three states to host this new Smithsonian exhibit, joining Illinois and Florida.  I grew up in a farming village of 600 people in rural Illinois and have seen the devastating changes as small farms collapse, industry moves out, young people move to the city, and schools close. South Carolina is such a rural state, and its numerous small communities have suffered the past decades. Yet there are people, values, and cultural and historical assets that offer hope.  The exhibit and programs which accompany it will challenge us to think about the future. What can we do to bring new life to some of the most beautiful natural landscapes in our state? This is a timely and extremely important exhibit addressing one of the most pressing social issues of this century.”

Crossroads: Change in Rural America will be on display at the Wright-Potts Library at Voorhees College from October 27, 2018 – December 9, 2018. While the exhibit is on display, Voorhees College and its partners will present a variety of events and special opportunities correlated to the theme of the exhibit.

Events and programs planned in Denmark include:

Thursday, November 15, 2018 | 6:30 p.m.
Changes in Church Music in the Rural Community
Including discussions of hymns, common meter songs, and gospel
Location: Voorhees College (Massachusetts Hall), Denmark, SC
See the campus map
Free and open to the public
Info: 803-780-1225

Thursday, November 29, 2018 | 6:30 p.m.
Rural Women of Yesteryear and Today
Including discussions of social life, family life, and religion
Location: Voorhees College (Massachusetts Hall), Denmark, SC
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Free and open to the public
Info: 803-780-1225

Thursday, December 6, 2018 | 6:30 p.m.
Stories from Senior Citizens Living in Bamberg County
Panel discussion about growing up in Bamberg County
Location: Voorhees College (Massachusetts Hall), Denmark, SC
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Free and open to the public
Info: 803-780-1225

Saturday, December 1, 2018 | 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
The Communal Pen Writing Workshop
In the Communal Pen workshop, facilitators EboniRamm and Michelle Ross will help participants write to celebrate and explore connections to place and community.
No previous experience necessary!
Learn more from the flier!
Location: Wright-Potts Library (Student Lounge on First Floor, adjacent to the exhibit), Voorhees College in Denmark, SC
Info: 803-780-1225
FREE but pre-registration requested here

After Crossroads closes in Denmark, it will travel to the Newberry Opera House (December 15, 2018 – February 3, 2019), the Harriet Barber House in Hopkins (February 9 – March 24, 2019), the Barnwell County Museum in Barnwell (March 30 – May 12, 2019), and the Dillon County Court House through the Dillon County Theatre Association (May 18 – June 29, 2019). The exhibit also visited the Union County Library in September and October 2018.

For more information about Crossroads: Change in Rural America, please contact T.J. Wallace at 803-771-2477.

Crossroads: Change in Rural America was made possible in South Carolina by SC Humanities. Crossroads: Change in Rural America is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and state humanities councils nationwide. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress. Local support for Crossroads in South Carolina has been provided by Samsung, City of Union, and Wells Fargo.
  

 

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Image: A rural crossroads, freeimages.com/Bettina Schwehn