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By Dale Mackey

Letting ‘America Be America Again’

Rural young people from around the country explore the concepts of civic courage and the American dream as part of YouthBuild USA’s Rural Youth Caucus. The weekend gathering gave 20 rural YouthBuild delegates a chance to discuss common issues before joining the 30th annual YouthBuild USA's Conference of Young Leaders.

Viewfinder: Daniel Shea

Blisner, Illinois, sounds like a wonderful place to spend a weekend -- a typical small town full of people working, stop lights that work, flowers both real and fake,  cranes on a lake. The only challenge will be finding it.

Viewfinder: Brendon Burton

Photographer Brendon Burton grew in up in the small town of Myrtle Creek, Oregon (population 3,439), but now says that “no city is big enough” for him.  His photos, however, are mostly set in rural places outside of Portland.  Burton’s…

Digital Tools for Mountain Girls

A Duke University scholar returns to her home region of Western North Carolina to create a digital production program to help girls succeed in high school and beyond. “I wanted to found an organization that would support girls…

Viewfinder: Leland Payton

Leland Payton is a photographer and writer who runs Lens & Pen Press with his wife Crystal. Their books feature writing and photography primarily about the Midwest and Ozarks, where the couple spends a lot of time exploring small towns.…