The Latah County Historical Society is pleased to offer a three-part speaker series to compliment the Smithsonian Institution’s traveling exhibit, Crossroads: Change in Rural America. Crossroads explores how communities like those in Latah County have adapted in the face of immense economic, cultural, and demographic changes over the last 100 years. In order to further conversations about how the national trends highlighted in the exhibit relate to Latah County, LCHS has organized “History Happy Hours,” a series of free presentations from local and regional experts. The second presentation is scheduled for 5 pm, Tuesday, September 17 at One World Cafe (533 S Main, Moscow). State Scholar for the Crossroads exhibit Dr. Rochelle Johnson will present "The Crossroads as Witness: Hope, Silence, and the Rural Ideal." The Crossroads exhibit invites us to consider how understandings of “rural” have shifted throughout American history. Dr. Johnson will discuss the ways in which rural landscapes reveal aspects of the nation’s story, both the celebrated and the silenced. The landscape itself speaks to our past struggles, present challenges, and hopes for the future. Dr. Johnson teaches American literature and the environmental humanities at The College of Idaho. A scholar of American environmental aesthetics, Dr. Johnson writes about historic understandings of the relationship between humanity and the physical world. Crossroads: Change in Rural America is developed by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and is brought to the Gem State by Idaho Humanities Council. The local showing is organized by the Latah County Historical Society, in partnership with the Moscow Chamber of Commerce. For more details and a full list of events, visit https://www.latahcountyhistoricalsociety.org/exhibits.