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On the morning of Wednesday, September 12, supporters gathered at Chester Public Library for the opening of "Crossroads: Change in Rural America" exhibit. It is part of a national series, Museum on Main Street exhibition, from the Smithsonian Institution and Illinois Humanities. Library Director Tammy Grah introduced key members of the library board and Crossroads committee. The grand opening ceremony also featured a brief introduction by co-curator of the “Crossroads” exhibit and Randolph County native Dr. Debra Reid.

“Crossroads: Change in Rural America offers small towns a chance to look at their own paths to highlight the changes that affected their fortunes over the past century,” the Smithsonian’s website says. Co-curator Debra Reid said that the exhibit is a unique moment of reflection for those in and out of rural communities, especially in Illinois.

1. Melissa Gross and Tammy Grah, both of Chester

2. Paul Powley and Bob Decker, both of Chester

3. Betty Ann and Michael Welge of Chester

4. Collette Powley of Chester

5. Nancy Urquhart and Donna Glass, both of Chester

6. Charles Bargman of Chester

7. Evelyn Schuwerk of Chester

8. Don Welge of Chester

9. Bethany Berner of Chester

10. Marilyn Runge and Dale Grott, both of Chester

11. Mary Sulser and Linda Sympson, both of Chester with Tonya Robbins of Fredericktown, Missouri and Gwendy Garner of Chester

12. Co-curator of the ‘Crossroads’ exhibit, Dr. Debra Reid

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