Journey stories are tales of how we and our ancestors came to America – are a central element of our personal heritage. From Native Americans to new American citizens and regardless of our ethnic or racial background, everyone has a story to tell.
Our history is filled with stories of people leaving behind everything – families and possessions – to reach a new life in another state, across the continent, or even across an ocean.
The reasons behind those decisions are myriad. Many chose to move, searching for something better in a new land. Others had no choice, like enslaved Africans captured and relocated to a strange land and bravely asserting their own cultures, or like Native Americans already here, who were often pushed aside by newcomers. Our transportation history is more than trains, boats, buses, cars, wagons, and trucks. The development of transportation technology was largely inspired by the human drive for freedom.
Everyone has a Journey Story... what's yours?
This exhibition is made possible by Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, Museum on Main Street, and Exhibit Envoy.
2015 Upcoming Exhibits
The exhibit Women & Spirit: Catholic Sisters in California features the amazing contributions Sisters have made in developing California’s church and society. The exhibit reflects the work of groups of strong women who forcefully placed their stamp on California life, and how the communities to which they belonged provided women with an outlet for grace, beauty, intellect and leadership.
Their story begins during the state’s chaotic founding years in the wake of the Gold Rush with Sisters providing social stability by creating a “safety net”—childcare centers, hospitals, schools, orphanages, homes for the elderly and working girls, and countless other charity institutions.
These women did not settle for salving social wounds; they worked to transform the source of these ills by actively participating in the struggle for social justice. Today, their work continues with widespread partnerships and collaborations.
The Sisters’ work with the poor and marginalized did not darken their view, but deepened their vision of the beauty of the world. Among other outlets, the Sisters responded by producing works of art, music and architecture.
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