West Nassau Historical Society to Host Smithsonian Institute Traveling Exhibit This Coming Fall
The West Nassau Historical Society is one of six Florida organizations selected to host the Smithsonian Institute’s traveling exhibit called Crossroads: Change in Rural America. This is a national project designed to showcase the historic aspects of America’s rural yet diverse population and its slowly changing landscape. The history-oriented show will run from Saturday, October 27, through Saturday, December 8, inside the historic Callahan Train Depot located at 45383 Dixie Avenue in the heart of rural Nassau County. The grand opening is set for Saturday, October 27, at 7 pm with a reception and refreshments. The event is free and open to the public but donations are kindly accepted.
The all-volunteer nonprofit recently received a Community Project grant of $5,000 from the Florida Humanities Council who is helping the Smithsonian Institute coordinate the extensive show on the state level. These funds will allow the West Nassau Historical Society to promote the exhibit and augment the show with extra displays and lectures presented by various local groups and businesses. The historic 1881 Callahan train station venue will be open from Wednesday through Sunday for the entire 6 weeks the traveling exhibit is in town. The Historical Society will end the show on Saturday, December 8, with a final reception open to the public. Other Sunshine State towns set to host they year-long Crossroads exhibit are Cedar Key, Live Oak, Havana, DeFuniak Springs, and Bartow.
This project would not be possible without the support of the Florida Humanities Council, the nonprofit statewide partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities that each year awards federal funds to community organizations to create a variety of cultural resources and hundreds of free public programs across the state. These programs and resources help preserve Florida's heritage, promote civic engagement, and foster connections among humanities scholars, cultural organizations, and community groups across the state. Florida Humanities grants also leverage thousands of dollars annually in local matching funds from non-profit agencies.
This fall marks the 30th anniversary of the renovation of the 1881 late-Victorian-style train depot that will be the venue for the Crossroads exhibit. It is also the 10th anniversary of the opening of the West Nassau Museum of History located inside the quaint wooden railroad station. The West Nassau Historical Society will mark both occasions during Crossroads’s six week stay in Callahan. The 501c3 nonprofit is dedicated to the discovery and celebration of the rich and diverse tapestry that is Nassau County history. For more info on the historical society or the Smithsonian Institute’s Crossroads Exhibit visit www.wnhsfl.org or like the West Nassau Historical Society’s Facebook page.