Rural America is often painted in broad strokes. Small towns have been hit hard by population declines as more Americans flock to urban and suburban areas, and unemployment and the opioid crisis has been rough on small, financially-strapped communities.
But the reality of life in rural America is far from this sweeping image of "doom and gloom." A new Smithsonian exhibit called “Crossroads: Change in Rural America” aims to add some dimension to those images – and generate conversations about rural history, identity and visions for the future.
On Second Thought host Virginia Prescott spoke with Lori Smith, President of the Thomaston-Upson Chamber of Commerce, and Robbie Davis, Project Director for the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street traveling exhibition service, about how the show is already changing Thomaston.