Smithsonian Exhibit grand opening this weekend

'Crossroads: Change in Rural America' set to kick off

REED CITY -- It is kick-off time for the "Crossroads: Change in Rural America" Smithsonian Museums on Main Street exhibit.

The exhibit will be on display from Feb. 1 through March 15 at the William and Mabel Porteous Depot, on Pere Marquette Trail in Reed City.

The exhibit explores how rural communities have changed in the past 100 years and the impact they have had on the development of the country.

It includes illustrations, photographs, thought-provoking questions and interactive sections.

Through community programs and creative activities, the exhibitions are a launching point for storytelling and local pride.

"It will be a highly detailed and interactive trip through America's rural past," Reed City Area District Library director Tom Burnosky said. "The exhibit offers Reed City the opportunity to celebrate its heritage, reflect on how far we have come and spark our imaginations for the future."

The grand opening event will begin with a ribbon cutting at 11 a.m., Friday, Feb. 1, at the depot.

It will feature a performance from Crossroads Harmony Chorus Sweet Adelines, an all-female singing group that performs barber-shop style harmony.

Other activities throughout the day:

• A crossroads chili cook-off from noon to 2 p.m. at the Reed City Scouting Building, 223 Coats Avenue.

The cook-off is sponsored by the local Boy Scouts of America Troop 74. Chili lunches are available for a small donation to support the troop.

• A crossroads community quilt activity from noon to 2 p.m., at the Reed City Area District Library, 829 S. Chestnut Ave. Visitors may create their own quilt square to add to the community quilt.

• The Old Rugged Cross Historical Society will be open for visitors from 1 to 4 p.m., 4918 Howard St. Entry is free.

• The Crossroads Theatre Guild will present the play "The Ghosts of Reed City," at 4 p.m. The cost is $10 at the door.

For additional information call (231) 465-4334 or visit

For more information about the exhibit or the grand opening events, call (231) 832-1885, or visit