Smithsonian Journey Stories Travel to Tennessee

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From November 20, 2010 through January 2, 2011, visitors to the Tom & O.E. Stigall Ethnic Library and Museum in Humboldt, Tennessee, can experience the Smithsonian Institution’s traveling exhibition, Journey Stories.

Journey Stories explores the mobile nature of Americans – why we move, how we move and what that says about us. The exhibits include a number of different types of journeys, such as people who left a continent with the most minimal belongings; those who migrated across the country in search of a better life; Africans and Native Americans forced to move; and living life on the open road. State humanities councils coordinate the tours, which began in a few states and have plans to hit up to 30 states and 180 communities through 2015.

The Tom & O.E. Stigall Ethnic Library and Museum is located at 705 North Ninth Avenue in Humboldt. For more information, call (731) 426-5901 or visit

If you miss the exhibit in Humboldt, you still have a chance to see it in the Volunteer State. Journey Stories’ next stop of 2011 is Cumberland Homesteads Tower Museum in Crossville from January 8 through February 20, and then it moves to Ebenezer Church in Mercer, Tennessee, where it will be operated by the Big Black Creek Historical Association from February 26 through April 3, 2011. For a complete schedule, visit the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street website.

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