Smithsonian’s exhibit spending six weeks in North Vernon


Jennings County will be the next stop on the Indiana tour of the Smithsonian’s Crossroads: Change in Rural America exhibit.

The six-week exhibit begins Dec. 14 and tells the story of life in rural America during the past 100 years. As part of Indiana Humanities’ INseparable initiative, the exhibit at the Stellar Building in North Vernon will remain through Jan. 26.

Opening remarks and a travel through musical history by the Woodshop Boys will begin at 6 p.m. that day at the Parke Theatre at 25 N, Madison Ave. in North Vernon. At 7 p.m. a special showing of the 1956 Hollywood movie “Friendly Persuasion,” will begin.

The interactive display tracks the national ebb and flow of rural America from farming to industrialization to the digital age.

Several local components will be among the exhibit’s highlights. They include a Jennings County “identity cabinet” made by local high school students and filled with drawers of local historical artifacts, an attractive timeline display that juxtaposes local history with national events and an intergenerational discussion on the county’s future from 2 to 4 p.m. on Jan. 5.

Hours for the exhibit will be 5 to 8 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, noon to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays and noon to 5 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

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