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MoMS is excited to announce its Smithsonian's Stories from Main Street podcast! Inspired by all of the amazing stories that rural Americans across the country have shared with the Stories from Main Street program since its start in 2011, MoMS is delighted to present this podcast that shines a light on the culture of rural communities. This podcast is all about rural Americans and their amazing towns, and their connections to the content of Museum on Main Street exhibitions.

Everybody has a story to tell. The Smithsonian’s Stories from Main Street podcast shares the authentic voices and stories of people from small towns and rural communities across the United States. Gathered by MoMS and its partners, venues, and Stories: YES participants in towns all over, the stories featured in these curated episodes are raw, and real, and provide a unique window into the ever-changing, multi-faceted and diverse nature of America. Listen in and hear the patterns and connections in the stories—there may be differences between the miles, but there are probably a lot of similarities, too.

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Voices and Votes - Power of the Press

<p>The press and media have influenced America even before it was a country. The goal of this learning lab is to show the effect media has played on our democracy. It is also important to understand the bias that media and press can have on us everyday. Realizing this influence can make all of us better citizens.</p>
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Water/Ways Museum on Main Street

<p>In conjunction with the Smithsonian Institutions Traveling Exhibition Services, Museum on Main Street exhibit Water/Ways,</p><p>This collection aims to give more resources and information that works with what is being displayed and talked about in the Water/Ways exhibit<br /></p><p>There are sections on the water cycle, water and its importance in different cultures and beliefs, the different forms it comes in on earth (i.e. rivers, glaciers, oceans and water falls), the different ways water impacts us and how we in turn impact water be it good or bad. Along with how we get water to our homes, use it to travel, enjoy it recreationally and how we continue to manipulate and change our worlds Water Ways.</p>
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Crossroads - Changes in American Agriculture

<p><strong>Today, rural communities are at a new crossroads- a meeting point of ideas where they can chart their own future. With their innovations and creative spirit, rural Americans are helping to define and shape the future of the country. </strong><br /></p> <p>In this lesson, students will:</p> <ul><li>Use key vocabulary terms associated with agricultural practices </li><li>Explore the past and modern issues surrounding agricultural practices </li><li>Analyze the ecological impact of modern agricultural practices</li></ul><p>A mix of articles, student handouts, historical artifacts and artwork provide an in-depth look at this complex topic. Each slide has information and/or quizzes attached for testing student comprehension. Open-ended questions are provided to stimulate further thought on the topic.</p> <p></p>
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Crossroads - Faces of American Agricultural Innovation

<p>In this lesson, students will learn about the lives and innovations of the following people:</p> <ul><li>Dolores Huerta </li><li>Cyrus Hall McCormick</li><li>George Washington Carver</li><li>Rachel Louise Carson</li><li>Robert Fraley</li><li>Eli Whitney</li><li>Norman Borlaug</li></ul><p>This resource provides informative text on each slide, as well as videos and articles from outside educational resources. This resource is created for students to navigate independently, and includes optional biography and compare/contrast worksheet activities. </p> <p></p>
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Thinking About "The Way We Worked"

<p>In this short course, you'll learn about topics that inspired the traveling exhibition "The Way We Worked," produced by Museum on Main Street at the Smithsonian. </p> <p>This training module was created by the Smithsonian's Museum on Main Street program, a part of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, in conjunction with the MuseWeb Foundation.<br /></p>
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Storytelling Training: Sharing your Story

<p>Whether you're participating in the Stories: YES program in conjunction with a Museum on Main Street exhibition or creating digital stories on your own, the six modules in the Storytelling Training Series will help you think through everything to help get started. In this short course, you'll find tips for posting your stories online for the world to see, from the Smithsonian's Stories from Main Street website to SoundCloud and less common platforms like Clio and izi.Travel. There are also tips about protecting information from people you interview and yourself when using online platforms and social media. </p> <p>This training module was created by the Smithsonian's Museum on Main Street program, a part of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, in conjunction with the MuseWeb Foundation.<br /></p>
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Storytelling Training: What Makes a Great Story?

<p>Whether you're participating in the Stories: YES program in conjunction with a Museum on Main Street exhibition or creating digital stories on your own, the six modules in the Storytelling Training Series will help you think through everything to help get started. In this course, you'll  learn about the parts that make stories compelling, especially non-fiction narratives which are unique stories grounded in real-life perspectives and history. Explore how your story can be both personal and research-based at the same time. Even documentaries start with a script!</p> <p>This training module was created by the Smithsonian's Museum on Main Street program, a part of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, in conjunction with the MuseWeb Foundation. </p>
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Storytelling Training: What is Cultural Storytelling?

<p>Whether you're participating in the Stories: YES program in conjunction with a Museum on Main Street exhibition or creating digital stories on your own, the six modules in the Storytelling Training Series will help you think through everything to help get started. In this short online course, you'll learn about what we call "cultural storytelling" and  what the value of cultural storytelling is to society at large. </p> <p>This training module was created by the Smithsonian's Museum on Main Street program, a part of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, in conjunction with the MuseWeb Foundation. </p>
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Storytelling Training: Creating Your Story

<p>Whether you're participating in the Stories: YES program in conjunction with a Museum on Main Street exhibition or creating digital stories on your own, the six modules in the Storytelling Training Series will help you think through everything to help get started. Ready to start developing your story? In this short course, you'll get some tips on how to create a story board, writing a non-fiction script, and more. </p> <p>This training module was created by the Smithsonian's Museum on Main Street program, a part of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, in conjunction with the MuseWeb Foundation.<br /></p>
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