Martin County Library System Press Releases

August 23, 2013

Smithsonian traveling exhibit making its way to Martin County

For immediate release:  August 23, 2013             
Contact:  Alicen Kikkert, Martin County Library System, Public Relations, (772) 463-3205        


Vernon Evans stands next to his family’s car during a stop along their journey from South Dakota in July 1936. (Library of Congress, LC-USZ62-130705)

Vernon Evans stands next to his family’s car during a stop along their journey from South Dakota to Oregon in July 1936. (Library of Congress, LC-USZ62-130705)

The Elisabeth Lahti Library in Indiantown will be the proud host to the Smithsonian Institution’s traveling exhibit Museum on Main Street: Journey Stories this fall. The exhibit depicts historical accounts of how we and our ancestors came to America, traces developments in modes of travel and transportation, and explores how these factors have played a significant role in shaping Americans’ identity, particularly sense of freedom. This insightful look into America’s history will be on hand at the library October 19 – November 30 and is free and open to the public.

The Journey Stories exhibit examines the intersection between various means of travel and Americans’ desire to feel free to move. The stories are diverse and focus on immigration, migration, innovation and freedom. Immigrants share their accounts of coming to America in search of promise in a new country. Individuals and families tell their stories of relocating in search of fortune, their own homestead or employment. Africans and Native Americans describe the harrowing journeys of their forced migrations. Others reveal their choice as simply fun and frolic on the open road.

A short video on the exhibit can be found by clicking here.

Journey Stories logoThe exhibit was made possible by a grant received from the Florida Humanities Council along with local funding from the Arts Foundation of Martin County and Women Supporting the Arts. Events exploring Journey Stories themes have already begun taking place at all Martin County libraries and will continue in the months leading up to and following the Smithsonian exhibit.

Volunteers are needed to provide a welcoming environment and rewarding learning experience to patrons visiting the Journey Stories exhibit. For more information on how you can get involved, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Terry Dick at (772) 219-4906 or

The Elisabeth Lahti Library, located at 15200 SW Adams Avenue, Indiantown, is open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 am – 5:30 pm and Wednesday from noon – 8:00 pm. To reach the library by phone, call (772) 597-4200.

To learn more about this and other Journey Stories events throughout the Martin County Library System, call (772) 221-1403, pick up a Library Connection at any Martin County library or visit the library website at




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