Reedsburg Welcomes The Smithsonian

A video crew from the Smithsonian will be in town this Saturday and Sunday filming in preparation for a new exhibit being created called Crossroads: Change in Rural America.

In 2010 Wormfarm hosted a traveling exhibit through the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street Program that was key in launching Fermentation Fest, not knowing at the time how big and multifaceted the event would become.

The exhibition Crossroads: Change in Rural America will spark spirited conversations about the future across the country. The Smithsonian will focus on the words and actions of rural Americans telling their own stories of the changes that have shaped their communities by collecting stories from host states via its Stories from Main Street project. People interested in rural communities will be able to share stories through a web-based story collection campaign. A touchscreen computer kiosk included with the exhibition will offer visitors a chance to hear the experiences of people throughout the country.

The project will also embrace the notion of creative placemaking by providing a set of tools developed through partnerships with national and state organizations to help communities explore their past to decide what is most important about their towns and how to use it to preserve the future.

State humanities councils participating in the project will play an integral role in facilitating these conversations and helping communities connect exhibitions and programmatic initiatives to a statewide initiative on civic engagement about the future of rural communities.

Look out for the Smithsonian on October 14 and 15!