SITES’s Museum on Main Street (MoMS) was created to serve museums, libraries, and historical societies in rural areas, where about one-fifth of all Americans live.
MoMs has selected Grinnell to participate in a new pilot project to develop a local exhibition celebrating the untold stories of work in our local area. The Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street program will provide the curatorial framework for this exhibition, which will be created by a team of campus and community members (including staff, faculty, and students at the College as well as local teachers, historians, students, and volunteers based on stories ‘crowdsourced’ from the local community. Together, exhibit organizers will incorporate local historical images, art and artifacts, video clips, and oral histories to tell the story of work in Grinnell. The resulting exhibition will bring to light the who, what, where, why, and how of Grinnell at work, and how these developments fit within the nation’s history. The locally-curated exhibit is scheduled to open at Drake Community Library in March 2020.