Smithsonian Exhibition Coming to 6 Massachusetts Towns | Massachusetts News

BOSTON (AP) — The Smithsonian’s traveling exhibit on changes in rural America is coming to six Massachusetts cities.

The nonprofit Mass Humanities has chosen six local organizations to host “Crossroads: Changes in Rural America” ​​for the 2022-23 traveling exhibit produced by the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum on Main Street program, the official said. organization in a statement this week.

The exhibition will be held at the Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum in September and October; the Hull Lifesaving Museum from October to December; the Rutland Free Public Library from December to January 2023; the Great Falls Discovery Center in Turners Falls from February 2023 to March 2023; the Bushnell-Sage Library in Sheffield from March 2023 to May 2023; and Athol Public Library in May and June 2023.

“Rural Massachusetts is a complex and changing landscape, and the people of our small towns deserve to be heard as we build a more equitable Commonwealth,” said Brian Boyles, executive director of Mass Humanities.

Each site will receive training from Smithsonian staff as well as a $10,000 grant from Mass Humanities to develop public events during the Expo. Organizations from towns of 12,000 or less were eligible to apply.

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