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Crossroads: Change in Rural America

Marshall Public Library is excited to host a traveling exhibition from the Museum on Main Street (MOMS), a Smithsonian outreach program. "Crossroads: Change in Rural America" will be on display at the library from March 23 thru May 4, 2019.



An overview of the exhibition from the MOMS website:

In 1900, about 40% of Americans lived in rural areas, By 2010, less than 18% of the U.S. population lived in rural areas. In just over a century, massive economic and social changes led to massive growth of America's urban areas. Yet, less than 10% of the U.S. landmass is considered urban.

Many Americans assume that rural communities are endangered and hanging on by a thread—suffering from outmigration, ailing schools, and overused land. But that perception is far from true in many areas. Many rural Americans work hard to sustain their communities. Why should revitalizing the rural places left behind matter to those who remain, those who left, and those who will come in the future? All Americans benefit from rural America's successes. We can learn great things from listening to those stories. There is much more to the story of rural America!

Crossroads: Change in Rural America offers small towns a chance to look at their own paths to highlight the changes that affected their fortunes over the past century. The exhibition will prompt discussions about what happened when America’s rural population became a minority of the country’s population and the ripple effects that occurred.

Despite the massive economic and demographic impacts brought on by these changes, America’s small towns continue to creatively focus on new opportunities for growth and development. Economic innovation and a focus on the cultural facets that make small towns unique, comfortable, and desirable have helped many communities create their own renaissance. The future is bright for much of rural America as small towns embrace the notion that their citizens and their cultural uniqueness are important assets.


In conjunction with the "Crossroads" exhibition, Marshall Public Library has created local companion components that focus on changes in agriculture and medical care. 


Agriculture:

Guinnip Farm (Don Guinnip)      Transcript


Miller Farms (Bob Miller)            Transcript


Medicine:

Young Dr. Turner Visits Dr. Mitchell

Cork Medical Center Beginnings (Jim Turner)

Cork Medical Center Today (Denise Pine-Mattas)


Dr. Tom Catena

An Angel Among Us - Dr. Tom Catena (interview by Mike King)

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