Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit to be Featured at Torrington Homesteader’s Museum

Jun 11, 2024 | Regional News

Torrington, WY (RELEASE) June 11th, 2024 — The Homesteaders Museum, in cooperation with The Wyoming Humanities Council, continues its exploration of innovation and invention happening in rural America as it hosts the local showing of  “Spark! Places of Innovation,” a Smithsonian traveling exhibition. “Spark!” will be on view now through June 30th.

The Homesteaders Museum and the surrounding community were chosen by the Wyoming Humanities Council to host “Spark!” as part of the Museum on Main Street project—a national/state/local partnership to bring exhibitions and programs to rural cultural organizations. After it leaves Torrington in June, the exhibition will travel to five more communities in Wyoming before it returns to the Smithsonian.

In small towns across America, people are creating new products, taking risks, meeting challenges together, and seizing upon exciting opportunities that change local life and sometimes reach far beyond. “Spark!” features stories from over 30 rural communities across the nation that reveal the dynamic relationship between place and creativity. Technical, social, cultural, artistic, or a combination of all of these—every innovation is as unique as each community.

“Spark!” is part of Museum on Main Street, a unique collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), state humanities councils across the nation and local host organizations. It was inspired by “Places of Invention,” an exhibition developed by the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation. To learn more visit www.museumonmainstreet.org, www.sites.si.edu.