Between Fences exhibit will arrive soon

Between Fences exhibit will arrive soon Any day now, the 15 large wheeled crates containing the Smithsonian traveling exhibit Between Fences will arrive at the W.H. Over Museum in Vermillion. They will be rolled off the truck and into the North Gallery of the museum where theyâ�?�?ll await unpacking. On Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 24-25, the South Dakota Humanities Council and the Smithsonianâ�?�?s Museum on Main Street will conduct a statewide workshop at the W H. Over Museum to train the personnel from all six museums in South Dakota hosting Between Fences. On Wednesday afternoon these folks will have come to the museum ready to roll up their sleeves and help with the installation starting at 1 p.m. Under the tutelage of Carol Harsh from the Smithsonian Institution, they will learn how to setup, care for and pack up the exhibit. After the exhibit is in place, the group will have a time for sharing the ideas and events plans each exhibit site has made for the time when Between Fences is in their community. Michelle Madsen will explain the shipping dates and other information about contacts, funding, marketing, and evaluation. Following this discussion, the group will adjourn for a dinner together. On Thursday morning, the focus will be on the exhibition content and docent training. At 9 a.m., Carol Harsh, from the Smithsonian, and Steven Bucklin (Ph.D., history, USD), the state historian for this exhibit, will explore the exhibit in light of South Dakota history and how it relates to our local history. Then at 10 a.m., Ronette Rumpca, from the SD State Historical Society, will lead a session on training docents. Participants will learn some tips for training volunteers to be docents or tour guides for this exhibit and discuss ways to engage the public in a discussion based tour of Between Fences. The W.H. Over will hold the grand opening for the Between Fences exhibit on Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. in Sletwold Hall. This will be the first of the Thursday evening programs at the Over during the course of this exhibit. Professor Bucklin will lead off with â�?�?This Land Is My Land â�?�? Memories.â�? Weâ�?�?ll hear some stories of the past in which fences played a part. Refreshments will be served. Everyone is invited to attend! Starting with next week's issue of the Plain Talk, a Mystery Fence Contest will be underway. Find the Mystery Fence photo in the paper; if you are the first one to call or email the W H. Over Museum to correctly identify the pictured fence each week, you will receive a prize.�?  Remember the other contests: the art and photo contests in area schools, an Open Photography Contest, an Essay and Poetry Contest, and the Paint a Picket Contest. These have been announced in earlier issues of the Plain Talk; more information is available at the Web site: www.betweenfencesvermillion.org . The Between Fences exhibit will run through Nov. 2. The W.H. Over Museum will have special hours for this exhibit and will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information call W.H. Over Museum (605-677-5228) or Nancy Hodgson (605-957-4686) or email: whover@usd.edu or nhodgson@iw.net. Check the Web site: www.betweenfencesvermillion.org.

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