Crossroads Exhibit on Rural Life


 

This page is placed here as an encouragement to everyone who loves rural life and community to visit the Smithsonian's Crossroads: Change in Rural America exhibit at Moorefield High School. The exhibit runs during September on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 to 8 p.m. You can call the Hardy County C.V.B. for further information (304)897-8700. The exhibit runs only in September. Only some of the display panels are highlighted here to show the breadth and quality of the exhibit. These photos do not adequately reflect the powerful impact that the display with outstanding photography, captivating audio and personal video reflections has on the viewer.

This wonderful exhibit has something to offer various audiences:
   Parents can see ways to better express to their children their sense of belonging to an important way of life in America,
   Children can be encouraged to develop a sense of pride in being a part of a way of life that is still part of the backbone of America,
   Adults can be inspired to better promote the opportunities of rural communities and find ways for everyone in the community to work together to better the rural way of life, and
   Individuals involved in community development, tourism, economic development or community history can learn from the organization and quality of the content as well as the artistic excellence of the presentation to better highlight the beauty of our rural environment, the quality of community life and the opportunities available to struggling rural communities facing the future.

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The exhibit begins with a look back at the start of our rural areas and their development over time. We often forget that most early settlers were farmers.
Since land is the greatest part of the rural landscape it is dealt with in panels with beautiful landscape images.
The display has many interactive features like this book that draws you into turning the pages. The exhibit can inspire us to use new technology to better our presentations.
Sound is used in several places in the display including this push button box with sounds of nature and rural life. We learn best when several of our senses are engaged.
The attractions of rural life are highlighted with wonderful images that include landscapes as well as photos showing our daily activities on the land.
Because our small rural towns are so important to rural life they are covered. It is not just farming that encompasses rural life.
The display deals not only with the past but also deals with the problematic future facing rural areas and shows some ways that old crafts have helped economic development. See image below for answers under the lift-up panels.
You can lift the panels to see actual projects that are helping the economy of rural areas.
Complex problems like land ownership and the owner's control of the land are mentioned.
Economic development is a complex process that relies on many cooperating structures. This reminds us that no rural area acts alone; we are all part of a greater whole.
The last panel states that "You aren't wealthy unless you have something money can't buy." Many of us living in rural areas believe we are very wealthy.
The display uses several electronic devices for video and sound presentations in order to engage several of our senses. Several panels have the voices of rural people talking about their love of rural life.
This image shows the entire setup in the hallway of Moorefield High School. There is easy access and room to move around.