Elizabeth City Museum to Host Rural America Exhibit

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The Albemarle Museum will host “Crossroads: Change in Rural America” ​​from January to March 2023.

The nonprofit North Carolina Humanities has chosen the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City as one of six state museums to host the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service exhibit “Crossroads: Change in Rural America.” .

The exhibit is scheduled to run from January 24, 2023 to March 8, 2023. It explores how rural America is embracing the notion that its citizens and their cultural uniqueness are important assets.

“’Crossroads: Change in Rural America’ allows us to reflect on regional history in a half-land, half-water place with a long history of culture. We are excited to use the exhibit to explore what the future holds for our community,” Don Pendergraft, regional museums director, said in a statement.

The museum is to host forums, speakers and workshops to discuss the rapidly changing environments of ecosystems, agriculture, business, recreation, tourism, communities, cities and education in rural areas .

“With support from North Carolina Humanities, we are developing our own accompanying regional exhibit to showcase local people and stories. We will also host various programs and events to spark conversations about what makes our community unique and essential,” Pendergraft said.

The tour is scheduled to begin at the Iredell Museums in Statesville in September, then travel to the Joyner Library at East Carolina University in Greenville, the Granville County Historical Society and Museum in Oxford, the Museum of the Albemarle and Mountain Heritage Center in Western Carolina University at Cullowhee. The tour concludes at the Onslow County Museum in Richlands in June 2023. A full tour itinerary is available at nchumanities.org.

North Carolina Humanities, North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, North Carolina Department of Agriculture, and Friends of the Albemarle Museum are supporting the exhibit.

For more information on the Albemarle Museum, visit www.museumofthealbemarle.com.

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