Crossroads: Change in Rural America Opens in Newberry

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 Newberry Opera House in Newberry on Sunday, December 16, 2018. The exhibit will visit three 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 Newberry Opera House from December 16, 2018 – February 3, 2019. While the exhibit is on display, Newberry Opera House and its partners will present a variety of events and special opportunities correlated to the theme of the exhibit.

Events and programs planned in Newberry include:

December 16, 2018 – February 3, 2019
The Smithsonian exhibit Crossroads: Change in Rural America will be on display at the Newberry Opera House, 1201 McKibben St, Newberry, SC 29108
Hours of operation:
Mondays – Fridays – 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Fridays – 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturdays – 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sundays – 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m
Extended hours on show days.
**Holiday closings:
Closing at 2:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve
Closed on December 25 and December 26
Closed January 1

Sunday, December 16, 2018 | 4:00 p.m.
Grand Opening and Ribbon
Movie Newberry In Color 1948
Keynote Speaker Randy Cohen, VP Americans for the Arts
Newberry Opera House, 1201 McKibben St, Newberry, SC 29108
Open to the public

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 | 7:00 p.m.
South Carolina Backroads and Lost Traditions
Presented by Tom Poland
Newberry Opera House, 1201 McKibben St, Newberry, SC 29108
Open to the public

After Crossroads closes in Newberry, it will travel to the Harriet Barber House in Hopkins (February 9 – March 24, 2019), the Barnwell County Library 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 and Voorhees College in Denmark in Fall 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, Schwehn