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Museum on Main Street Museum on Main Street (MoMS) is a special partnership of the Smithsonian Institution and State Humanities Councils nationwide that serves the small-town museums and citizens of rural America.MoMS welcomes our Facebook fans!
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Welcome to the Museum on Main Street (MoMS) page! Please feel free to share thoughts about our posts, ask us questions, or tell us about your visit. We hope you’ll contribute to this interactive forum and to our ongoing conversation about the work we do to further MoMS, SITES, and the Smithsonian's mission to increase and diffuse knowledge. While on-topic discussion is encouraged, we ask

Welcome to the Museum on Main Street (MoMS) page! Please feel free to share thoughts about our posts, ask us questions, or tell us about your visit. We hope you’ll contribute to this interactive forum and to our ongoing conversation about the work we do to further MoMS, SITES, and the Smithsonian's mission to increase and diffuse knowledge. While on-topic discussion is encouraged, we ask

07/15/2021
07/14/2021

Do you live in a rural community? We want to hear about innovations in your town! Innovations can happen in many ways--from scientific and agricultural to cultural and artistic! Visit bit.ly/3x7IhuA to share your story. It could be part of an upcoming Smithsonian traveling exhibition! #SmallTownSpark

We can’t wait to get a #BehindTheScenes look at the "¡Pleibol! In the Barrios and the Big Leagues / En los barrios y las...
07/09/2021
¡Pleibol! In the Barrios and the Big Leagues | 3D Digitization

We can’t wait to get a #BehindTheScenes look at the "¡Pleibol! In the Barrios and the Big Leagues / En los barrios y las grandes ligas"
exhibition tonight--have you signed up to attend online? http://s.si.edu/pleibol-opening. For now, we’re going to take a closer look at Roberto Clemente’s batting helmet—in #3D—while we wait: https://3d.si.edu/collections/pleibol

Baseball has been a social and cultural force within Latino and Latin American communities across the United States for over a century. It is more than simply a game; Latinas/os have celebrated their communities, made a living, and challenged prejudice through baseball. Those who seized th...

Rural Innovation | Museum on Main Street
07/08/2021
Rural Innovation | Museum on Main Street

Rural Innovation | Museum on Main Street

Does your town have an interesting experience to tell about environmental sustainability, economic revitalization, artistic energy and collaboration, community transformation, historical preservation, technological invention, entrepreneurship, or reinvention? Whether technical, social, cultural, art...

Photos from Mississippi Humanities Council's post
07/07/2021

Photos from Mississippi Humanities Council's post

Steam is more than just a byproduct of heating water. It plays a critical role in power generation. Modern steam turbine...
07/07/2021

Steam is more than just a byproduct of heating water. It plays a critical role in power generation. Modern steam turbines produce more than 80% of the world’s electricity. And, naturally occurring steam from beneath the earth’s surface powers geothermal energy plants. #WaterWays

Steam is more than just a byproduct of heating water. It plays a critical role in power generation. Modern steam turbines produce more than 80% of the world’s electricity. And, naturally occurring steam from beneath the earth’s surface powers geothermal energy plants. #WaterWays

"Crossroads: Change in Rural America" has made its way to the Loretto Crossroads Exhibit! Don't miss its opening on July...
07/01/2021

"Crossroads: Change in Rural America" has made its way to the Loretto Crossroads Exhibit! Don't miss its opening on July 3! #RuralCrossroads

Our new traveling exhibition “Voices & Votes: Democracy in America” explores the great leap of faith that sparked questi...
07/01/2021

Our new traveling exhibition “Voices & Votes: Democracy in America” explores the great leap of faith that sparked questions that continue to impact Americans: who has the right to vote, what are the freedoms and responsibilities of citizens and whose voices will be heard?

You can see #VoicesVotes at The Center for Rural Development through July 24 and at the The Queen Anne's County Historical Society through July 25!

Our new traveling exhibition “Voices & Votes: Democracy in America” explores the great leap of faith that sparked questions that continue to impact Americans: who has the right to vote, what are the freedoms and responsibilities of citizens and whose voices will be heard?

You can see #VoicesVotes at The Center for Rural Development through July 24 and at the The Queen Anne's County Historical Society through July 25!

#DidYouKnow? In 1900, about 40% of Americans lived in rural areas. By 2010, less than 18% of the population lived there....
06/29/2021

#DidYouKnow? In 1900, about 40% of Americans lived in rural areas. By 2010, less than 18% of the population lived there. In just over a century, economic & social changes moved millions of Americans into urban areas. Yet, only 10% of the U.S. landmass is considered urban.

Our "Crossroads: Change in Rural America" traveling exhibition offers small towns a chance to look at their own paths to highlight the changes that affected their fortunes over the past century. See it at the Waveland Ground Zero Hurricane Museum in Waveland, Mississippi starting July 2, and at the Loretto Heritage Center in Loretto, Kentucky starting July 3! #RuralCrossroads #SmallTownAmerica #Smithsonian #MuseumOnMainSt

#DidYouKnow? In 1900, about 40% of Americans lived in rural areas. By 2010, less than 18% of the population lived there. In just over a century, economic & social changes moved millions of Americans into urban areas. Yet, only 10% of the U.S. landmass is considered urban.

Our "Crossroads: Change in Rural America" traveling exhibition offers small towns a chance to look at their own paths to highlight the changes that affected their fortunes over the past century. See it at the Waveland Ground Zero Hurricane Museum in Waveland, Mississippi starting July 2, and at the Loretto Heritage Center in Loretto, Kentucky starting July 3! #RuralCrossroads #SmallTownAmerica #Smithsonian #MuseumOnMainSt

06/25/2021

We want to hear YOUR story! Share your small town’s innovation story (from agricultural and medical to cultural and artistic) with us and learn how your community’s story could be part of this Smithsonian traveling exhibition! #SmallTownSpark https://museumonmainstreet.org/sparkstories

06/24/2021

How would you tell your own water story? What does water mean to you? What role does water play in your work, your town, your neighborhood, and your worldview? We want to hear from you! Tell your story on our Stories From Main Street website: https://museumonmainstreet.org/stories #WaterWays

Video: Courtesy Pixaby

Join Alabama Rivers Alliance tomorrow at 1pm (ET)/12pm (Central) when they feature our "Water/Ways" exhibition on their ...
06/21/2021

Join Alabama Rivers Alliance tomorrow at 1pm (ET)/12pm (Central) when they feature our "Water/Ways" exhibition on their "Water is Life" web cast! #WaterWays

Join Alabama Rivers Alliance tomorrow at 1pm (ET)/12pm (Central) when they feature our "Water/Ways" exhibition on their "Water is Life" web cast! #WaterWays

Emancipation and Educating the Newly Freed
06/19/2021
Emancipation and Educating the Newly Freed

Emancipation and Educating the Newly Freed

For the nearly four million newly freed, education was a crucial first step to becoming self-sufficient. Between 1861 and 1900, more than 90 institutions of higher education were founded for African Americans.

Here’s some historical background on #Juneteenth!
06/19/2021

Here’s some historical background on #Juneteenth!

Rural Innovation | Museum on Main Street
06/16/2021
Rural Innovation | Museum on Main Street

Rural Innovation | Museum on Main Street

Does your town have an interesting experience to tell about environmental sustainability, economic revitalization, artistic energy and collaboration, community transformation, historical preservation, technological invention, entrepreneurship, or reinvention? Whether technical, social, cultural, art...

Photos from Girls Inc. of Hamblen County's post
06/15/2021

Photos from Girls Inc. of Hamblen County's post

06/14/2021

We want to hear YOUR story! Share your small town’s innovation story (from agricultural and medical to cultural and artistic) with us and learn how your community’s story could be part of this Smithsonian traveling exhibition! #SmallTownSpark https://museumonmainstreet.org/sparkstories

Invention can happen anywhere and it’s happening right now in small towns across America. Rural Americans are creating n...
06/11/2021

Invention can happen anywhere and it’s happening right now in small towns across America. Rural Americans are creating new products, taking risks, meeting challenges together, and seizing upon exciting opportunities that change local life and sometimes reach far beyond.

"Spark! Places of Innovation," an upcoming exhibition from Museum on Main Street, a program of the Smithsonian, will highlight innovation in rural America from the perspective of the people who lived it! Their words, images, and experiences gathered through an ambitious crowdsourcing initiative will be the heartbeat of this exhibition. Technological, social, cultural, artistic, or a combination of all of these– every innovation is as unique as each community.

We want to hear YOUR story! Does your town have a story of innovation or invention to tell? Visit https://museumonmainstreet.org/sparkstories to share it with us and to learn how your community’s story be a part of our Spark! traveling exhibition. #SmallTownSpark

Invention can happen anywhere and it’s happening right now in small towns across America. Rural Americans are creating new products, taking risks, meeting challenges together, and seizing upon exciting opportunities that change local life and sometimes reach far beyond.

"Spark! Places of Innovation," an upcoming exhibition from Museum on Main Street, a program of the Smithsonian, will highlight innovation in rural America from the perspective of the people who lived it! Their words, images, and experiences gathered through an ambitious crowdsourcing initiative will be the heartbeat of this exhibition. Technological, social, cultural, artistic, or a combination of all of these– every innovation is as unique as each community.

We want to hear YOUR story! Does your town have a story of innovation or invention to tell? Visit https://museumonmainstreet.org/sparkstories to share it with us and to learn how your community’s story be a part of our Spark! traveling exhibition. #SmallTownSpark

Photos from Museum of the Mississippi Delta's post
06/08/2021

Photos from Museum of the Mississippi Delta's post

The opera singer and pianist performing on top of this tractor is just one of the culturally innovative ways that the Wo...
06/08/2021

The opera singer and pianist performing on top of this tractor is just one of the culturally innovative ways that the Wormfarm Institute in Reedsburg, WI is creating space to integrate culture and agriculture in rural communities.

Scroll through to see more stunning photos from The Wormfarm Institute’s Residency program, which is designed to support artists and writers by giving them the time, space and facilities to further their creative development.

Wormfarm Institute was founded in 2000 and works to connect rural and urban, and bring together "farming, conservation, and the arts to rekindle cultural connections, enhance economic possibilities....and celebrate" their natural surroundings. Donna Neuwirth, Exec Director of the Wormfarm Institute, and co-Founder were artists who moved from Chicago to Reedsburg to explore new possibilities and decided to blend the arts with agriculture when they taught themselves how to farm.

With an understanding that farmers and artists have creation in common, Wormfarm formed a vision for farm-based ephemeral art installations and roadside Culture Stands. artist designed/built mobile farm stands).

Rural communities around the nation are engaging in some incredible innovations—just like the Wormfarm Institute, that create fresh and unique solutions to problems facing their towns. These innovations span a range of fields from medical and agricultural, to cultural and political.

Do you or people you know live in a rural community? #MuseumonMainSt, a program of the Smithsonian, wants to hear stories about innovations in your town! Innovations can happen in many ways—medical, cultural, scientific, agricultural, artistic. The list goes on & on! Visit https://museumonmainstreet.org/sparkstories to share your story—it could be included in an upcoming Smithsonian traveling exhibition! #SmallTownSpark

Photos:

“The Opera Singer”
2013 "The Ruminant (The Grand Masticator)" by Karl Unnasch
“Field Sketches” by Sarah FitzSimons, 2018
“Too Much Pig” by Brian Sobaski, 2018
“Musical Fence” 2013
“Pasture Performance” 2013

#DidYouKnow that there are only about 19 African American-owned farms in Vermont? Today, growers and culture bearers rec...
06/03/2021

#DidYouKnow that there are only about 19 African American-owned farms in Vermont? Today, growers and culture bearers recognize the importance of their interdependence and examples of this abound across Rural America.

Meet The Clemmons Family Farm—their family farm was established in 1962, and since then they’ve sparked some powerful cultural innovations that help celebrate and preserve African American history and its diaspora. In 2016, the family turned its 148-acre farm into a multicultural center devoted to providing a place where the African American community can experience connections to land and take ownership of their history. The farm is part of the Vermont African American Heritage Trail and its programs include everything from dance performances to culinary demonstrations.

Here, in 2017, a crowd of people gathered around during their Maasai storytelling program. Learn more on their website: https: www.clemmonsfamilyfarm.org/

Do you or people you know live in a rural community? We want to hear stories about innovations in your town! Innovations can happen in many ways—medical, cultural, scientific, agricultural, artistic. The list goes on & on! Visit: https://museumonmainstreet.org/sparkstories to share your story—it could be included in an upcoming Smithsonian traveling exhibition! #SmallTownSpark

Photo: Courtesy of Clemmons Family Farm

#DidYouKnow that there are only about 19 African American-owned farms in Vermont? Today, growers and culture bearers recognize the importance of their interdependence and examples of this abound across Rural America.

Meet The Clemmons Family Farm—their family farm was established in 1962, and since then they’ve sparked some powerful cultural innovations that help celebrate and preserve African American history and its diaspora. In 2016, the family turned its 148-acre farm into a multicultural center devoted to providing a place where the African American community can experience connections to land and take ownership of their history. The farm is part of the Vermont African American Heritage Trail and its programs include everything from dance performances to culinary demonstrations.

Here, in 2017, a crowd of people gathered around during their Maasai storytelling program. Learn more on their website: https: www.clemmonsfamilyfarm.org/

Do you or people you know live in a rural community? We want to hear stories about innovations in your town! Innovations can happen in many ways—medical, cultural, scientific, agricultural, artistic. The list goes on & on! Visit: https://museumonmainstreet.org/sparkstories to share your story—it could be included in an upcoming Smithsonian traveling exhibition! #SmallTownSpark

Photo: Courtesy of Clemmons Family Farm

06/03/2021

You’ve only got a few more days to visit Water | Ways! Saturday is your last chance to see the exhibit before it leaves the state of Utah! Come see us!

Party Animals! #DidYouKnow that the elephant and donkey have been used on political memorabilia, games, and artwork for ...
06/01/2021

Party Animals! #DidYouKnow that the elephant and donkey have been used on political memorabilia, games, and artwork for over a century? Learn more about the history and evolution of political parties in "Voices and Votes: Democracy in America" now on view at Michigan Military Heritage Museum and the Portland Museum! #VoicesVotes #Smithsonian #MuseumonMainSt

Party Animals! #DidYouKnow that the elephant and donkey have been used on political memorabilia, games, and artwork for over a century? Learn more about the history and evolution of political parties in "Voices and Votes: Democracy in America" now on view at Michigan Military Heritage Museum and the Portland Museum! #VoicesVotes #Smithsonian #MuseumonMainSt

Our “Crossroads: Change in Rural America” exhibition explores the evolution of America’s small communities over the last...
05/28/2021

Our “Crossroads: Change in Rural America” exhibition explores the evolution of America’s small communities over the last century. See it now at the Norton County Arts Council, INC., Hopewell Museum / Historic Paris-Bourbon County, and at the Museum of the Mississippi Delta. #RuralCrossroads #RuralAmerica

Our “Crossroads: Change in Rural America” exhibition explores the evolution of America’s small communities over the last century. See it now at the Norton County Arts Council, INC., Hopewell Museum / Historic Paris-Bourbon County, and at the Museum of the Mississippi Delta. #RuralCrossroads #RuralAmerica

#DidYouKnow? Rivers not only carry water to the sea, but also sediment and organic materials. When a river drops enough ...
05/24/2021

#DidYouKnow? Rivers not only carry water to the sea, but also sediment and organic materials. When a river drops enough sediment at its mouth, vegetation begins to grow, forming new land. #WaterWays

#DidYouKnow? Rivers not only carry water to the sea, but also sediment and organic materials. When a river drops enough sediment at its mouth, vegetation begins to grow, forming new land. #WaterWays

Photos from Museum of the Mississippi Delta's post
05/20/2021

Photos from Museum of the Mississippi Delta's post

Photos from Utah Humanities's post
05/19/2021

Photos from Utah Humanities's post

Share your answer with us in the comment section! #RuralCrossroads #SmalltownAmerica
05/19/2021

Share your answer with us in the comment section! #RuralCrossroads #SmalltownAmerica

Share your answer with us in the comment section! #RuralCrossroads #SmalltownAmerica

05/18/2021
#VoicesVotes "Power of the Press #SmithsonianLearningLab explores how the press and media influenced America before it w...
05/17/2021

#VoicesVotes "Power of the Press #SmithsonianLearningLab explores how the press and media influenced America before it was even a country, and examines how understanding the bias that the press and media has on us every day can make us better citizens. Check it out: http://s.si.edu/2GB7Grp

#VoicesVotes "Power of the Press #SmithsonianLearningLab explores how the press and media influenced America before it was even a country, and examines how understanding the bias that the press and media has on us every day can make us better citizens. Check it out: http://s.si.edu/2GB7Grp

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Monday, January 13 4:30PM at the Water/Ways Exhibit in Black Canyon City (Cañon Elementary School, 34630 S. School Loop Rd, Black Canyon City, AZ 85324) - Come learn about history of Maricopa Water District focusing on the time period from when the District filed for the Agua Fria River surface water rights in 1888 through the construction of Waddell Dam in 1928. Construction of the New Waddell Dam will also be briefly discussed. See the Smithsonian Water/Ways Exhibit at same location after the presentation. More at https://www.facebook.com/pg/blackcanyonheritagepark
Looking for information on the Thomaston, Ga tour