PAWNEE, Okla., February 10, 2021 —Oklahoma Humanities, in cooperation with The Smithsonian Institution, has chosen Pawnee as home for a new exhibit “Crossroads: Change in Rural America,” which will tour the state from September 2021 through June 2022. Along with Pawnee, there will be five other stops in Oklahoma including Tishomingo, Ft. Gibson, Nowata, Woodward and Boley.
According to Pawnee Chamber of Commerce Manager Joyce Freeman, Pawnee will share its unique history and culture featuring themes of rural identity, community, land, perseverance and managing change. Complementary programs and events will be held in town coinciding with the Smithsonian exhibit. Many of the community’s organizations have expressed a willingness to be involved in every aspect.
“We are going to rely on volunteers to make this one of the biggest events ever held in Pawnee’s rich 127-year history,” Freeman said. “We are looking forward to working with various community groups and individuals during this once in a lifetime opportunity.”
“Crossroads” will tour Oklahoma from September 2021 through June 2022 and will be in Pawnee April and May of 2022. Pawnee Bill Ranch and Museum has graciously volunteered to host this exhibit.
“We are thrilled to be one of only six sites hosting this wonderful event as it tours our great state,” said Pawnee Bill Ranch and Museum Manager Ronnie Brown. “Pawnee and its surrounding communities are in for a very special treat. Hats off to the Pawnee Chamber of Commerce and other co-sponsors, along with the support from team leaders Joyce Freeman and Pam Ferguson, for helping Pawnee and the Ranch Site’s being selected. I can’t wait for this Smithsonian quality exhibit to arrive and fill Pawnee Bill’s historic big barn with its unique wonderful displays.”
“Crossroads: Change in Rural America” has been made possible in Pawnee by Oklahoma Humanities. It is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and State Humanities councils nationwide. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress.