Mt. Hope selected to host a Smithsonian exhibit for four weeks

MT. HOPE, WV (WOAY) – The Smithsonian is brining their traveling exhibit Crossroads: Change in Rural America to Mt. Hope.

Mt. Hope was one of seven West Virginia communities selected through an application process and will house this exhibit in the new Coal Heritage Discovery Center.

It will take place some time between August 2021 and June 2022 as details still have to be worked out but it will showcase various themes about changing rural America in each community for four weeks. 

Carrie Kidd is the executive director of Harmony for Hope and was instrumental in applying for the selection process.

“If you’re a rural American, this is going to hit somewhere at home,” she said. “So you’re going to be interested to see what our community has to offer and what the other communities like Welch and Weston have to offer, because there’s going to be different themes all across the area.” 

 There will also be exhibit coming to Welch. 

The Coal Heritage Discovery Center is expected to be completed in the Spring.

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Anna Saunders
Anna Saunders is a weekend reporter for WOAY. With a diploma from Princeton Senior High School and a mother from Fayette County, she is no stranger to the area. She received a degree in Media Arts and Design from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia and wanted to return home to start her career as a reporter.