Visit Spark! Places of Innovation in Equality

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Jun 17 – Jul 22, 2023
Days and Times Vary


Ohio River Visitors Center
101 W Lane St
Equality, IL 62934


Open to the public

Exhibition Hours and Location

  • Fridays: 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. CST
  • Saturdays: 12:00 – 7:00 p.m. CST
  • Sundays: 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. CST
  • Ohio River Visitors Center, 101 West Lane Street, Equality, IL
To schedule a tour of the exhibition during regular and off hours, please contact Mark and Nadine York at (618) 499-3801.

About Spark! in Equality

The Spark! exhibition includes the 276 Art Exchange, a not-for-profit venture created through a collaboration with Gallatin County Tourism, the Village of Equality, and local volunteers.  The 276 Art Exchange features hand-crafted items, created, or written by 70 artisans in Southern Illinois.

A local companion exhibit detailing the history of salt extraction in Gallatin County will display alongside Spark!.  The salt springs of this region have been recognized as a valuable natural resource for hundreds of years and have been used by both the wildlife and the people that have inhabited the area.

Visitors can enjoy the exhibitions, learn about the region, browse the 276 Art Exchange, and stop by the Red Onion for a meal—fried chicken Thursdays. 

Planning a visit to the Shawnee National Forest soon?  Make the Ohio River Visitors Center a stop on your to do list.

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Local Lecture Series

The Gallatin County Tourism Committee presents its Sunday lecture series about Equality's first instrument of innovation, the Gallatin Salines. Each event in the series focuses on a different aspect of salt production in the region.

Legends and Lore of the Gallatin Salines & the Crenshaw House
3:00 p.m. | June 18, 2023

Archeological Investigations in the Gallatin Salines & the Crenshaw House” 
3:00 p.m. | June 25, 2023

Native Americans and Salt Springs in Gallatin County
3:00 p.m. | July 9, 2023

Did Black Lives Matter in Early Illinois? Voices from the Brink of Slavery and Freedom
3:00 p.m. | July 16, 2023

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Read about Spark! in Equality

These exhibitions and lecture series are hosted by the Gallatin County Tourism Committee. For more information, visit or call (618) 499-3801.

About Spark! Places of Innovation

Spark! Places of Innovation, part of Illinois Humanities’ Museum on Main Street program, is a Smithsonian traveling exhibition that highlights innovation in rural America from the perspectives of people who have lived it. Their words, images, and experiences, gathered through an ambitious crowdsourcing initiative, are the heartbeat of the exhibition. The communities featured in Spark! – including seven small towns in Illinois – have enhanced their vitality through innovations in fields such as technology, agriculture, economic development, education, and the arts. Explore the diversity, ingenuity, and tenacity of rural Americans in Spark! Places on Innovation.

Spark! will visit seven towns in Illinois from June 17, 2023, to March 29, 2024.

Plan Your Visit!

 Spark! Places of Innovation is presented in partnership with the Gallatin County Tourism Committee, the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, and Illinois Humanities. 

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