Collection of Stories

Love sculpture in the small town of Cape Charles, Virginia.

Listen to sample stories.

Since 2011, more than 1,100 stories have been submitted by people living in small towns across the United States. The MuseWeb Foundation began working with the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street program in late 2016 to post existing stories as well as collect and share additional stories in pilot states like Minnesota, where we’re encouraging local storytellers to talk about water, conservation, and sustainability–topics at the center of a Smithsonian national traveling exhibition called Water/Ways.

“Be Here: Main Street” content is included on platforms like SoundCloud, Wikimedia Commons, and the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street website. We strive to post all of these stories on free and open platforms that have the broadest reach possible, and we also believe that sharing stories on multiple channels helps ensure their long-term survival in the digital space.

More stories are being posted every week, on a variety of topics such as small-town life, food, immigration, travel, water, sports, and music. 

Hear about life in small-town Alaska 

Water and mountains at sunset in Alaska

Feet dancing. Couple in motion.

If you’re creating stories in your community, please tag YOUR content with #bHereMainSt and include “Be Here: Main Street” in the description.