Smithsonian Museum on MainStreet Exhibit October 6th. through November 14th.

[Weston, West Virginia] - The Museum of American Glass in West Virginia, the Weston Historic Landmarks Commission, and the Weston Planning Commission are partnering to host the traveling “Crossroads in Rural America” exhibit created by the Smithsonian Museum System. This exhibit, the collaboration of the City of Weston, West Virginia Humanities Council, and the Smithsonian will open on October 6th, 2021, with a ribbon cutting at 6 p.m., and stay for six weeks. This exhibit explores themes of rurality in the United States, something that many West Virginians will be able to relate to and take meaning from.

Visitors will be encouraged to see how their community fits into the themes of the Crossroads exhibit and think about where their community is going.

In addition to the Crossroads exhibit, Weston will host several complementary events throughout the six weeks. Events will include: literary readings, heritage music, square dancing, fiber arts demonstrations, Living history events, including a civil war reenactment and a reenactment of the Exchange Bank robbery will also take place throughout October and the beginning of November. A panel discussion on the history of mental health in our state will take place on World Mental Health Day, October 10th, at The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum.

An Evening with Weston’s Best and Brightest 1887, an original play on the history of the town, will also premier during these events. At the Weston Masonic Temple, the play will be in town for three nights, November 9th, and 11th at 7 p.m., and also November 13th at 5 p.m. This play will explore the history from Weston via its prominent historical figures and explain how the town became what it is today.

Guided and brochure guided tours of the historic downtown will also be available throughout the six weeks. This 40 stop tour is also accessible via   www.theclio.com

This project is presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations do not necessarily represent those of the West Virginia Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.