University of Southern Indiana

Crossing Generations

Americans have relied on rural crossroads, much like New Harmony and Posey County, for generations. These crossroads were a place for people to gather to exchange goods, services and culture and most importantly, engage in community discussions. Now, we are at a different kind of crossroads. As we look at both our community and nation, we often see a disconnect between generations that did not exist in the past. In fact, more often than not, the younger generation is left out of any conversations about our past and future. In partnership with the Purdue Extension-Posey County, Historic New Harmony brought children and teenagers together with established members of our community to facilitate conversations to share wisdom, memories, and visions for our future.

This project was made possible by the Posey County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the community Foundation Alliance, Inc. Crossroads: Change in Rural America is a 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.

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