Menomonie was recently voted as one of the best small towns in America by Smithsonian Magazine!
It made me proud to see our little town pulling its own right along with Princeton in New Jersey, Laguna Beach, and Key West in Florida. To choose the towns that were on this list, Smithsonian Magazine searched databases and compiled areas with the most museums, historic sites, gardens, orchestras, art galleries and other cultural assets common to big cities. Then, they focused on towns with smaller populations (under 25, 000). Large metropolises are extremely fun and exciting but,
…to have your horizon shifted in a town of 6,000 by an unheralded gem of a painting or a song belted out from a band shell on a starry summer night, that’s special. It reinforces the truth that big cities and grand institutions per se don’t produce creative works; individuals do.
Lo and behold, Menomonie made the cut (not like I ever had a doubt that it wouldn’t). And all that jazz about being in a band shell on a starry night? That’s directly referencing our summer concerts in Wilson park here. Big cities ain’t got nothin’ on us!