Crossroads: Change in Rural America

Rural Utah at a Crossroads | 2023-2024 Utah tour of the Smithsonian exhibition CROSSROADS: CHANGE IN RURAL AMERICA

CROSSROADS: CHANGE IN RURAL AMERICA is a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution's Museum on Main Street program that provokes fresh thinking and sparks conversations about the future and sustainability of rural communities. At a time when much of rural Utah is reinventing itself, Crossroads offers a chance to look at our own paths over the past century – to highlight changes that affected our fortunes, explore how we've adapted, and think about what's next. This project is presented by Utah Humanities and its statewide partners.

Learn more about Rural Utah at a Crossroads in this fascinating essay, catch the latest rural crossroads story at Utah's Beehive Archive, or look for local events in our online calendar. We hope you join us!

For more information about the Utah tour, please contact Megan van Frank at Utah Humanities | vanfrank @

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Rural Utah at a Crossroads, Spanish Fork, photography by Trevor Christensen. 

Partner Programming

Every rural person and place has a story. Change is part of that story.

Utah Humanities is touring Crossroads to eight Utah communities from September 2023 to December 2024. Community organizations will partner with us to host the exhibition and connect their local stories through companion exhibits and programming. Check out the schedule to learn how you can participate!


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Crossroads: Change in Rural America is made possible in Utah by Utah Humanities. Crossroads 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.

The Utah tour of Crossroads: Change in Rural America is presented by Utah Humanities in partnership with local exhibition hosts: North Summit Unite with Summit County, Wasatch County Library, Utah State University Eastern, Silver Reef Museum, Brigham City Museum of Art & History, John Wesley Powell River History Museum, MT Hurst Foundation with Utah State University Blanding, and Granary Arts with Snow College Library.

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Many thanks to our vital partners and generous funders for their support of Crossroads: Change in Rural America

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