‘Crossroads: Change in Rural America’ exhibit opens

Community attends ribbon cutting ceremony at depot

REED CITY — Residents and guests of Reed City now have the opportunity to learn more about the impact of rural communities by visiting “Crossroads: Change in Rural America.”

This exhibit is part of the Smithsonian Museums on Main Street project and explores how rural communities have changed in the past 100 years through a variety of illustrations, photographs, thought-provoking questions and interactive sections.

Members of the community came out to a ribbon cutting ceremony for the exhibit Saturday at the depot on the Pere Marquette Trail in Reed City.

One of the attendees of the ceremony was Marlene Hurst, of Paris.

Hurst said she wanted to see the exhibit on opening day because she grew up in a rural area and thought it would be interesting to see what different features the exhibit includes.

“I think it’s great that they have this in Reed City,” she said. “...Hopefully kids will come out to see it.”

The Smithsonian exhibit will be on display at the depot until March 15.