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'Journey Stories' exhibition opening at Museum on Main today

Museum hosting opening day reception from 5-7 p.m. tonight

Pleasanton's Museum on Main is hosting "Journey Stories," a presentation provided by Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Services and Exhibit Envoy, starting today and lasting through March 8.

The museum will host an opening day reception from 5-7 p.m. tonight.

The Smithsonian exhibit examines how transportation and migration helped build our nation, how it has changed us, and how our mobile world looked to travelers along the way.

"This is a huge opportunity for our community to enjoy a Smithsonian traveling exhibition," said the museum executive director Jim DeMersman.

"This exhibition will resonate with people throughout the community. Our history is filled with stories of people leaving behind everything -- families and possessions -- to reach a new life in another city, state, across the continent, or even across an ocean."

The exhibit features themes ranging from early explorers, those brought against their will as slaves, westward movement, forced native migration, the rise of the railroad, and accelerated mobility including automobiles, trucks and airplanes.

"Another exciting feature of this exhibition is the opportunity for visitors to become part of the experience by adding their own stories through an application called Stories from Main Street," DeMersman said. "Available as a free download, the application allows people across the country to add more stories to the exhibition."

Museum on Main is located at 603 Main St. For more information, visit www.museumonmain.org or call 462-2776.

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