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The Washington D-C-based Smithsonian Institution opened an exhibit over the weekend in Illinois about change in rural America. The exhibit will be hosted in small Illinois communities over the next eight months. Matt Meacham with the Chicago-based Illinois Humanities helped coordinate the Smithsonian exhibit in Illinois, one of three states selected;


The exhibit called "Crossroads: Change in Rural America" is part of the Smithsonian's Museum on Main Street program to bring exhibits to communities of less than 25-thousand people. Meacham says the six Illinois communities selected had to compete and create a complimentary local exhibit on the topic;


The Smithsonian's "Change in Rural America" exhibit opened over the weekend in the Randolph County community of Chester. It moves on to Winchester in Scott County in late October, then to Shelbyville in mid-December. The communities of Atlanta in Logan County, Marshall in Clark County and Sycamore in DeKalb County will host the exhibit in 2019.

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