Smithsonian exhibition explores both sides of the fence

Smithsonian exhibition explores both sides of the fence Do â�?�?good fences make good neighbors?â�? Why? The W.H. Over Museum of Vermillion, in cooperation with the South Dakota Humanities Council, will explore this and other aspects of the cultural history of fences and land use as it hosts the local showing of Between Fences, a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition. Between Fences will be on view from Sept. 25 through Nov. 2. Special hours for this exhibit are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m., Sunday. The W.H. Over Museum and the surrounding community has been expressly chosen by the South Dakota Humanities Council to host Between Fences as part of the Museum on Main Street project â�?�? a national/state/ local partnership to bring exhibitions and programs to rural cultural organizations. The exhibition will tour six communities in South Dakota from September through July of 2009. Through a selection of artifacts, photographs and illustrations, Between Fences will surprise audiences with its exploration of the multiple meanings behind this everyday icon. Whether made of split rails, decorative white pickets, or tall chain link, a fence conveys information about the people who built it, how they view and use their property, and the nature of their relations with their neighbors. Such barriers speak eloquently about how we view our communities and country as well. Between Fences explores the implications of fences in Colonial America, around gated communities, and at our countryâ�?�?s borders with Canada and Mexico. â�?�?We are very pleased to be able to bring Between Fences to our area,â�? said Nancy Hodgson, local coordinator. â�?�?It allows us the opportunity to explore this fascinating aspect of our own regionâ�?�?s history and we hope that it will inspire many to become even more involved in the cultural life of our community.â�? â�?�?Allowing all of our stateâ�?�?s residents to have access to the cultural resources of our nationâ�?�?s premiere museum is a priority of the South Dakota Humanities Council,â�? said Sherry DeBoer, executive director. â�?�?With this special tour, we are pleased to be working with the W.H. Over Museum and Vermillion to help develop local exhibitions and public programs to compliment the Smithsonian exhibition.â�? Check the Web site for all the local events and activities at www.be tweenfencesvermillion.org Between Fences is part of Museum on Main Street, a unique collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), state humanities councils across the nation, and local host institutions. To learn more about Between Fences and other Museum on Main Street exhibitions, visit www.museumonmainstreet.org. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress. SITES connects millions of Americans with their shared cultural heritage through a wide range of art, science and history exhibitions. State humanities councils, located in each state and U.S. territory, support community-based humanities programs that highlight such topics as local history, literature and cultural traditions. The W.H. Over Museum serves the local community by providing one of the largest natural and cultural history collections in South Dakota. To learn more, visit www.sites.si.edu, www .sd.humsnities.org�? and www.whovermuseum.org For more information, call the W.H. Over Museum at 605-677-5228 or Nancy Hodgson at 605-957-4686 or e-mail whover@usd.edu or nhodgson@iw.net. Also, check Web sites: www.whovermuse um.org or www.between fencesvermillion.org.

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