The Smithsonian “Crossroads” exhibit will open on Wednesday, October 6 at the Museum of American Glass in West Virginia with a groundbreaking ceremony at 6 pm.
Weston was one of six chosen venues in the state and will be the exhibition’s second stop.
The exhibit will be in Weston until November 14 and will be open seven days a week.
Other sites in West Virginia that will host the traveling exhibit are the Jack Caffrey Arts and Culture Center in Welch, the new Coal Heritage Discovery Center in Mount Hope, Arthurdale Heritage in Arthurdale, the Wetzel County Museum in New Martinsville, the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center and Moorefield High School, sponsored by the Hardy County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
“The Museum of American Glass is honored to have been chosen as the site for the ‘Crossroads’ exhibit, and we would like to thank everyone who worked together to make this possible. We look forward to … the opportunity to share this traveling exhibit with the public, ”said David Bush, Museum Treasurer / Board of Trustees.
The theme of the exhibition is ‘Rural America’, focusing on the changes that small towns have undergone over the past century that affect their sense of identity, use and value of land, the stability of small communities and the will to persevere, as well as the best way to face and manage these challenges.
Weston Mayor Kim Harrison said in a statement that plans to complete the exhibit are either on offer or are already under consideration.
These include additional exhibits that relate the history of Weston Crossroads from the 19th to the 20th century; taped interviews with current and former Lewis County residents who share their views on the area and their reasons for staying or leaving; a high school essay project for students to reflect on their main interests and career choices in “rural versus urban”; special reading rooms or sections to be created in local libraries, including schools; municipal forums addressing the attributes Lewis County communities have to attract residents and businesses; exhibitions showcasing the work of local artists celebrating rural life; a historic walking tour of Weston, physically and virtually; a video chronicle of the daily life of one or more farming families highlighting the dynamic functioning of the land and the vital maintenance of rural communities; and a play based on a true story about Weston’s first economic boom, “only to be visited and distracted by a mesmerizing intruder who threatened its sense of common purpose and community and kept its population disoriented in a state of disorientation. blind wonder and reckless hope “.
Anna Cardelli, a Weston resident, volunteer and local business owner, who helped lead the exhibit application process, said she looks forward to what the exhibit could mean for the city and county.
“The Planning Commission is delighted to help bring this and future exhibitions like this to Weston. We have worked closely with the Historic Landmark Commission and other groups in the city who have graciously volunteered to make this possible, ”Cardelli said.
The exhibition incorporates static and electronic art, music and representations of rural life. Qualified tour guides will be available to lead groups and encourage visitors to share and discuss experiences and impressions of rural life.
The exhibition is intended to be a “starting point” for the host city, which will then learn about its past and present and plan its future.
Several local organizations pledged their support and assistance, including the Rotary Club of Weston, Lewis County First and the Lewis County Chamber of Commerce.