Weather Delays Opening for Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit at LC State’s Center for Arts & History
LEWISTON, Idaho – Winter weather conditions have delayed the delivery of the Smithsonian traveling exhibit focusing on rural America, called “Crossroads: Change in Rural America,” forcing Lewis-Clark State College officials to postpone the opening celebration for a week.
The exhibit will now run Jan. 24-Feb. 28 at the college’s Center for Arts & History, located at 415 Main St. The opening celebration will be held on Jan. 25 at 1-3 p.m.
The exhibit examines the evolving landscape of rural American and features displays, photos, lectures and readings. The traveling exhibit looks at the history that helped shape small towns to what they are today. In In 1900, about 40 percent of the United States population lived in rural areas. With the economic and social change that followed for more than a century, that number had fallen to less than 18 percent, even though less than 10 percent of the U.S. land mass is considered urban.
Some of the other special events planned include an evening of readings on rural life by LC State students and faculty, including author Claire Davis, on Jan. 29, starting at 7 p.m. Award-winning local author Kim Barnes, who grew up in the logging camps of the Clearwater National Forest, will give an exclusive reading from her novel in progress “Salvo”, which is a story about two contemporary women whose paths intersect as they attempt to escape their individual fates.
There will be three panel discussions during the exhibit, all held at the Lewiston City Library, located at 411 D St. On Feb. 5, at 4:30 p.m., a panel will discuss “What happened to ‘Company Towns?’ – changes in rural commerce and industry.” On Feb. 19, also at 4:30 p.m., the topic is “Farms & Agriculture – Was Daniel Webster right when he said farmers are the founders of human civilization?” The final discussion is at 1 p.m. on Feb. 22 and will cover “Crossroads of our Region: Rivers, Rails & Roads, our Transportation Story.”
The exhibit will wrap up with a celebration of regional cultural heritage on Feb. 22 at 3-5 p.m. at the Center.
All events are free and open to the public.