23
Apr
09

A picket for your thoughts on history?

As exhibit organizers at the Oldham County History Center began planning the arrival of the Smithsonian traveling exhibit Between Fences in April, Kentucky Humanities Council Associate Director Kathleen Pool offered an idea: What if the center gave residents a picket to decorate that would express their thoughts on history?

That idea has evolved into a colorful picket fence constructed on Earth Day that lines the Oldham County History Center property. The center handed out more than 300 pickets for residents to decorate — and the results are amazing. Click here to see a photo gallery of the exhibit set-up.

Residents of Oldham County decorated these pickets to put on display with the Between Fences exhibit. (Photo by Kathleen Pool)

Residents of Oldham County decorated these pickets to put on display with the Between Fences exhibit. (Photo by Kathleen Pool)

From paintings of national and international leaders to messages of the role that religion has played in history, the pickets represent a multitude of viewpoints from Oldham Countians. The fence will remain on display through the history center’s 50th anniversary gala celebration in September.

The center also conducted a photo contest of Oldham County fences that will be on display.

The Between Fences exhibit is located in the Rob Morris Chapel on the history center grounds in La Grange, and opens to the public Saturday, April 25. Curated by Gregory K. Dreicer of Chicken and Egg Public Projects Inc., Between Fences focuses on every region of the United States. Its subjects include defining home, farm and factory; settling the United States; and making fences. It examines human relationships on an expanding scale – neighbor versus neighbor, gated communities and the Mexican and Canadian borders of the United States. The exhibit tells American stories through diverse fence types, including the worm fence, the picket fence and the chain-link fence.

The Kentucky Humanities Council chose the Oldham County History Center for Between Fences as part of the Museum on Main Street project, a partnership of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, the Federation of State Humanities Councils and state humanities councils nationwide.

For information about the Oldham County History Center, click here.

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