Coming Home: Stories from Main Street is a collaboration that combines the Rural Community Assistance Partnership's "Rural Homecoming" initiative with the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum on Main Street program. Coming Home engages youth in exploring their town’s past and thinking about its future. This program is a remarkable experience for local participants. Rural youth often feel disconnected from local culture. They may feel that adults do not listen to them or that their town’s history does not matter. This project helps to overcome those barriers.
Students at Cortland Elementary interviewed the town's mayor, area residents, and students about the history of a beloved parade. The video's interviewers were Jaxen M. and Jaycob Q. Yvonne Boose and Jaxen M. were the editors.