Between Fences exhibit closes November 2

Between Fences exhibit closes November 2 This is the final week of the Smithsonian Institutionâ�?�?s exhibit Between Fences presence in Vermillion at the W.H. Over Museum through the cooperation of the South Dakota Humanities Council. Hundreds of visitors have had the opportunity to tour this exhibit, participate in scavenger hunts, take part in one of the artistic activities available, or attend one of the evening programs. Through a selection of artifacts, photographs and illustrations, Between Fences examines 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. Time is running out in the Mystery Fence Contest. Last weekâ�?�?s photo showed the white painted stable fences at the Crawford Road Stables north of the Highway 50 Bypass. Can you identify this weekâ�?�?s Mystery Fence? Somewhere in this issue of the Vermillion Plain Talk is the final Mystery Fence photo. Look for it; and if you are the first one to call or email the W.H. Over Museum to correctly identify it, you will receive a prize.�? You only have a couple of days this time to identify this fence and win a prize. Winners in all contests will be invited to accept their prizes at the closing program: â�?�?Breaking Down Fences,â�? on Sunday, Nov. 2. Check the Web site for the identity of previous weekâ�?�?s photos: www.betweenfencesvermillion.org. Have you voted for your favorite pickets in the Community Picket Fence? Prizes will be presented at Sundayâ�?�?s closing program for the winning pickets as well as special gifts for each person who contributed to this colorful community exhibit.�? Our final Thursday night lecture on Oct. 30 dealt with fences used as prisons. It featured a panel of Veteran who shared stories about their experiences as POWs and answered questions from the audience. The special pickets created for the Veteransâ�?�? fence will remain on display through the Veteransâ�?�? Day program on Nov. 11. Donâ�?�?t forget that the Vermillion Public Library will host a presentation by Werner Kitzler about his experiences concerning the Berlin Wall on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. At the closing program: â�?�?Breaking Down Fencesâ�? at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 2, we will have the opportunity to hear the winning writing and view the creative art. Then prizes will be awarded to all the winners in the different contests and they may take home their entries.�?  Following this program, volunteers will take apart the exhibit and pack it away into the 15 crates for shipment on Monday to its next engagement. The 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 visit www.mu seumonmainstreet.org, www .sites.si.edu, or www.sdhu manities.org. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress. For more information call W.H. Over Museum 605-677-5228 or Nancy Hodgson 605-957-4686 or e-mail: whover @usd.edu or nhodgson@ iw.net. More information is available at the Web site: www.betweenfencesvermil lion.org.

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