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"Crossroads: Changes in Rural America"

A Smithsonian 'Museum on main Street' traveling exhibit highlighting changes in rural America over time is at the Rutland Free Library


Exhibit Hours:

Sundays 1:00-4:00

Closed Mondays

     *except Monday, December 19th

Tuesdays 10:00-8:00

Wednesdays 10:00-8:00

Thursdays 10:00-8:00

Fridays 10:00-1:00

Saturdays 10:00-2:00

Admission is Free

Exhibit opens December 18th and runs through January 28th.

Exhibit closed the following days:

December 23rd, Decemberr 24th, December 25th, December 31st

The exhibit is open to all and will feature photos, videos, interactive panels and audio clips.

In addition to the exhibit, there will be a series of events focused on the changes that Rutland and the surrounding area has experienced over time. More information is each event is listed below.

This incredible exhibit will be on display at the Rutland Free Library from December 18th, 2022 through January 28th, 2023. Learn more about the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit here

Wednesday, December 28th 1:00

Book discussion on The Pioneers by David McCullough

Learn about General Rufus Putnam, a Rutland native, who settled Marietta Ohio in 1788 as part of the Northwest Ordinance.

Opening Day for the exhibit is December 18th from 1:00-4:00. 

Monday, December 19th from 4:00-6:00 the exhibit will be officially opened by Senator Anne Gobi and Representative Kim Ferguson. 

Sunday, January 1st 1:00 Finnish Life in Rutland

Who are the Finns and why did they settle in Rutland? Coffee and Finnish treats served. Come and find out what Sovittaja means!

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Wednesday, January 11th 1:00 Rutland's Historic Healthcare

Rutland has a unique history of medical facilities. From Tuberculosis clinics to being the state's 3rd largest Covid-19 vaccine site. 

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Sunday, January 22nd 12:30

Taste of Rutland

Worcester Regional food Hub and area farmers will be here with a Farmer's Market. Come and see and taste what Rutland has to offer!


Sunday, January 8th 1:00 Farmer Forum led by John Lebeaux

Mass Ag Director will be joined by area farmers to discuss how farming has changed, what it's like for our farmers today, how Rutland farms are adapting for the future and how to farm sustainably in a small town.

Sunday, January 15th 1:00

Slavery Lawsuits in Rutland by Historian David Libby

Three area lawsuits in the late 1700s concerning slavery in the area led to changes in the law as well as raised questions on freedom. 

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