The Crossroads: Change in Rural America exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution and Illinois Humanities and the local companion exhibit, Change Through a Local Lens, will be at the Chester Public Library for only two more weeks.
The Museum on Main Street exhibition brings the Smithsonian experience to the Chester community. Only six sites in Illinois will host the Crossroads exhibit, and Chester Public Library is proud to be the first.
Among the many features visitors will see are a large, antique 1870 plat map of Randolph County, the cello played at Governor Bond's inauguration, photos of historic floods, photos of the Mississippi River, historic farm photos, antique farm tools, a 1915 trophy cup and more.
Visitors can read about Kaskaskia Island, the Cole family, the history of Cole's Mill, land grant documentation from the 1800s, and much more. Visitors can hear sounds of the farm, statements about rural life, interviews of three local farm families, and more.
All ages will enjoy the Crossroads: Change in Rural America exhibit and the local Change Through a Local Lens exhibit. School and group tours are welcome. Contact the library 826-3711 to schedule a group tour or for more information. The exhibits may be viewed during regular library hours: Monday--Thursday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
In conjunction with the exhibits, a final program will be presented at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16. Local historian Shane Wagner will entertain with "History and Mystery" of Randolph County. The exhibits will be open following this program.