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Exhibit focuses on small towns


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A Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit focused on small towns will visit the area in October.


The Lincoln, Lawrence and Franklin Regional Library will host “Crossroads: Change in Rural America” from October 14 until November 26.


The exhibit offers small towns it is visiting an opportunity to look at their stories and is designed to prompt discussions about what has happened to the U.S. rural population and the economic impacts related to cultural changes.


According to the Smithsonian, 40 percent of American lived in rural areas in 1900 and less than 18 percent in 2010, while only 10 percent of the U.S. population today is considered urban.


The exhibition will feature five free-standing display units with photographs, text panels, objects, video monitor, an interactive touchscreen , door banner and support materials.


The exhibit travelled from Wiggins, Mississippi, to Brookhaven, and will continue visits throughout the state to Marks, West Point, Rolling Fork and Pontotoc.


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