Smithsonian exhibit on rural America heading to Kimball

KIMBALL, NE — A traveling exhibit from the U.S.'s most-famous museum is heading to the panhandle. 

The Smithsonian Institute's traveling exhibit "Crossroads: Change in Rural America" will be in Kimball from September 11-30. It will be on display at the Plains Historical Society.

"Crossroads" explores the changes rural American communities underwent in the 20th century. According to the news release announcing the exhibit, the percentage of Americans living in rural areas has dropped from 60 percent to 17 percent since 1900. The exhibit examines how rural Americans have responded to that shift. 

"'Crossroads' allows us to reflect on Kimball's history, present and future and we are excited to explore what the future may hold for our community," Plains Historical Society Board President M. Timothy Nolting said. "We want to convene conversations about what makes our community unique and have developed local exhibitions and public programs to complement the Smithsonian exhibition."

There will also be historic displays from several regional museums on loan to the Plains Historical Society during the exhibit. 

The "Crossroads" exhibit will have a kickoff event on September 11 at 9 a.m. with U.S. congressman Adrian Smith in attendance. It will be open for public viewing Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. starting September 13.

The exhibit will make seven stops in Nebraska. After Kimball, "Crossroads" will travel to Tecumseh, Falls City, Wisner, Red Cloud, McCook and Chadron before leaving the state June 2022.