Library seeks photos of rural life ahead of exhibit's stop in Decatur

Amy Druskovich, Van Buren District Library local history librarian, stands with a display about the attractions of country life.

DECATUR — Van Buren District Library Local History Librarian Amy Druskovich traveled to Dundee, Mich., recently to experience the installation of the Smithsonian Institution’s traveling exhibit, “Crossroads: Change in Rural America.”

The exhibit, part of Museum on Main Street, will be on display at Webster Memorial Library, 200 N. Phelps St., from Oct. 26 to Dec. 8 – it’s only stop in Southwest Michigan.

To complement the exhibit, the library is seeking photographs that illustrate what “rural” means to the photographer. Photos may illustrate a favorite memory from childhood, a favorite historical spot, favorite natural areas, favorite activities and favorite human faces of the region. Photos can be submitted from throughout Southwest Michigan.

Select photos will be included in a video display to help localize “Crossroads” during its stay in Decatur.

Druskovich is also seeking old photos that can be scanned and included in a second video highlighting the region’s history.

Photos can be emailed to

For more information, contact Druskovich or Kay McAdam at 423-4771.