Do fences keep something in, or keep something out?

That’s the important question Wrather West Museum Manager Kate Reeves says is posed by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibit Between Fences.

“It’s taking a look at fences and their impact on our lives,” Reeves said.

Reeves’ quote is featured in a story about Between Fences in the Murray State News, the student newspaper at Murray State University. The exhibit opened at the university museum in late February, and according to the story, has drawn 3,000 viewers.  www.thenews.org/features/smithsonian-institute-travels-to-wrather-museum-brings-fence-inspired-exhibit-1.1631913

The Murray Ledger and Times also featured a column about the exhibit in February. www.murrayledger.com/articles/2009/02/23/columns/main_street/col01.txt

A partnership between the Kentucky Humanities Council, Museum on Main Street and the Federation of State Humanities Councils, Between Fences will be on display in Murray through April 18. It will move to the Oldham County History Center in La Grange from April 25 to June 6, and will end its tour of the state at the Boyle County Public Library in Danville from June 13 to July 25.

Curated by Gregory K. Dreicer of Chicken and Egg Public Projects Inc., the exhibit focuses on every region of the United States. It examines the role of fences in American history, politics, industry and daily life.

“Exhibits are typically very costly and grants help small towns display items to provoke thought and educate the public on a certain subject.,” Reeves said. “A lot of people don’t get to travel to Washington, D.C. This is a way for the people to see these exhibits.”

Read more about the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibits project at www.museumonmainstreet.org.


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