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Smithsonian Traveling Exhibits-2023

Readers, many of you will remember, (and hopefully enjoyed), the Smithsonian Traveling exhibit, Water Ways, in Lawrence County a few years ago. Illinois Humanities who sponsors these traveling exhibits has posted their upcoming schedule for this year’s exhibits. You may want to plan a day trip to one of the seven towns that will be hosting an exhibit.

Since 1994, the Museum on Main Street program has brought world-class, multimedia Smithsonian exhibitions to small towns and rural communities nationwide. “Spark! Places of Innovation” will tour Equality, Hillsboro, Chatsworth, Rushville, Durand, Havana, and Marshall, Illinois.

Spark! highlights innovation in rural America from the perspectives of people who have lived it. The communities featured in Spark! have enhanced their vitality through innovations in fields such as technology, agriculture, economic development, education, and the arts.

Each tour stop will create a local companion exhibit and events that connect the story of Spark! to their local history and culture.


June 17-July 22, 2023: Gallatin County Tourism Committee, Equality

July 28-September 2, 2023: Imagine Hillsboro, Hillsboro

September 9-October 14, 2023: Community Connection of Central Illinois, Chatsworth

October 21-November 25, 2023: The HUB Arts and Cultural Center, Rushville

December 2, 2023-January 6, 2024: Durand Charm, Durand

January 13-February 17, 2024: Havana Area Chamber of Commerce, Havana

February 24-March 30, 2024: Marshall Public Library, Marshall

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