In Platteville and Gilcrest, Colorado
  Platteville Public and Nantes Libraries




Journey Stories

A Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit

Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition tells uniquely American Journey Stories

“Journey Stories” is a compelling Smithsonian exhibition that shows how our evolving mobility changed a young nation and how transportation made us grow. The accounts of travelers themselves express the hopes and promises of fresh starts, the grim realities of forced migrations and difficult journeys, and the thrills of personal travel. The exhibit uses a wide range of engaging visuals, audio clips, music, maps, and artifacts provided by the Smithsonian and its local hosts.

The exhibition is part of Museum on Main Street, which serves museums, libraries, and historical societies in rural America. Museum on Main Street partners state humanities councils with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. The partnership, which began in 1994, was formed as a creative response to the challenge faced by rural museums to enhance their own cultural legacies. Major funding for Museum on Main Street is provided by the U.S. Congress.

Visitors are invited to Platteville Public Library (504 Marion) to see this unique Smithsonian Exhibit, local displays and events, and a working railroad telegraph on loan from the Greeley Freight Train Museum. We also recommend stops at Ft. Vasquez Museum ( 13412 Hwy 85) to learn about trapper life on the frontier and at Pioneer Museum (502 Marion Ave) to learn about everyday life in the eastern plains from the late 1800’s to present.

The exhibit debuted in May 2012 in Florida and Maryland and will continue to tour across the United States through 2014. It has been in Colorado since June of 2013, making stops in Aspen, Hayden, Trinidad, and, currently, Platteville. It will leave Platteville on Jan 11, 2013 to open in Durango on January 17. From there, it will travel to Sterling, thereafter leaving Colorado.