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MoMS Mississippi Alum Immersed in Youth Storytelling


Creativity flows through Mississippian veins just as water flows through the bayous.

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Students Traverse Mountains to Get to Know Their Neighbors


Bethel School and Blowing Rock Art & History Museum in the Appalachian Mountains of western North Carolina, undertook a mission to learn more about the people of Watauga County, culminating in the exhibition The Way Watauga Works which opened on May 24th.

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Students Explore Museum Work in Oklahoma


EAST students at Northeast Tech in Claremore, Oklahoma, participated in Museum on Main Street's Stories: YES program through a collaboration with the J.M. Davis Arms & Historical Museum. MoMS' exhibition "The Way We Worked" was used as a theme to delve into the collection at the Museum that includes a saber designed by General George Patton as well as treasured toys inspired by the childhood icon Buck Rogers.

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Kids using iPads in Museum exhibition to view augmented reality videos.

Storytelling with Augmented Reality in Rural Arkansas


Students at Buffalo Island MuseumHigh school students at Buffalo Island Central EAST have been collaborating closely with the Buffalo Island Museum for Museum on Main Street's Stories: YES program for 2017-18. The Buffalo Island region consists of several small towns in two counties in the state of Arkansas.

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Quarterback Drew Adams

J-term Class Highlights their Iowa Hometown for Stories: YES


Mount Vernon High School has emerging storytellers in their midst! A class of Journalism students has been making noise in the community by interviewing athletes, former students, coaches, and sports stars, ahead of the arrival of the exhibition Hometown Teams.

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Looking over Lanesboro

What makes a hometown a home?


Have you ever given your hometown much thought? Why did people settle there? Has it existed for centuries or can its age be measured in decades? What keeps the economy going? Three young women in Lanesboro, Minnesota explored these questions in remarkable documentaries about their hometown. Perhaps the most important question they considered—what does the future of Lanesboro hold?

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Lynn Meadows Students Interviewing

Mississippi's Budding Young Performers Show Off Technical Skills for SfMS


Lynn Meadows Discovery Center in Gulfport, Mississippi successfully incorporated the Stories from Main Street (SfMS) project into their WINGS performing arts program while also collaborating with elementary and middle school students. Overall, almost 200 participants helped to create the film “The Making of a Mississippi Athlete” based on interviews which they conducted with athletes across an array of sports. Inspired by the exhibition Hometown Teams, they also produced a sports themed performance which premiered in April 2016, featuring a wonderful rendition of "Casey at the Bat." The finished documentary film was shown during the exhibition of Hometown Teams in August 2016.

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YAG interview

Life and Levees in Illinois


Last spring, Lawrence County Historical Society in Lawrenceville, Illinois collaborated with teachers and 15 students to explore the area's history of recurring floods in conjunction with the exhibition Water/Ways. The area has a series of levees in Illinois and nearby Indiana. The student researchers investigate how they protect communities thanks to a savvy network of Levee Commissioners and caretakers who patrol them when a levee is in danger of being breached.

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Student at the Heritage Museum and Cultural Center interviews Mamie Yarbrough

St. Joseph - Benton Harbor's Youth Ambassadors!


Five dedicated young women participated in Stories from Main Street at the Heritage Museum and Cultural Center in the St. Joseph-Benton Harbor, Michigan area over the summer. The program has been dubbed Youth Ambassadors and staff at the Museum worked hard to meld SfMS with their collection needs. With a high value already placed on oral histories in their research library, the Museum collaborated with the Ambassadors to preserve the stories of five area locals.

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Screenshot from Mahomet, Illinois student video

Way to Go Mahomet Students!


Inspired by the MoMS exhibition Water/Ways, three teens collaborating with staff at the Museum of the Grand Prairie in Mahomet, Illinois created a poignant video called “The Pollution of Our Waterways in Central Illinois.” They already possessed some technical experience podcasting but the Stories from Main Street project allowed them to expand their skills, learning about lighting, recording outside, and perhaps the trickiest lesson, how to research and conduct successful interviews

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