Smithsonian Traveling Fences Exhibit in Lakeside

Posted on June 18, 2010

The Lakeside Association is proud to present the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit, BETWEEN FENCES in Hoover Auditorium June 20-July 10.

The Exhibit Opening activities take place on Sunday, June 20. The Lakeside Heritage Society will host a slide presentation of Lakeside fences from historic to current photographs in the Fountain Inn Green Room from 2-2:45 p.m. At 3 p.m., brief remarks will be made on the steps of Hoover Auditorium by Ohio Humanities Council Representative Jack Shortlidge. An automatic safe gate will be in operation in front of Hoover as a special exhibit for the afternoon.

Exhibit hours are Monday-Saturday 7:30-8:15 p.m. prior to Hoover performances, Tuesday and Thursday from 1:30-4:30 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Individuals coming to see the exhibit from outside Lakeside may request a 90-minute shopping/dining pass when entering the gates on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. The pass will be stamped by the exhibit docent, allowing participation at no cost. An auto pass will be required to drive in Lakeside.

Youth exhibit tours (ages 8-12) will be given, starting June 28, from 2-3 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday. Kids will have the opportunity to decorate a paper picket or draw a fence picture to hang in Hoover. There is no cost to participate. However, due to limited space, pre-registration is required by a sign-up board at Hoover Lobby.

Lakeside is the eighth and final host site to display the BETWEEN FENCES exhibit in Ohio, with arrangements coordinated and supported by the Ohio Humanities Council. The exhibit is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and the Federation of State Humanities Councils. Financial support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the U.S. Congress.

We may hardly notice fences. However, they are dominant features in our lives and in U.S. history. Citizens have used pickets, wire and stone to stake property claims. Figurative fences are also built to create boundaries that differentiate people based on race and other identity characteristics. Educational seminars and documentaries will explore some of these figurative fences during the early weeks of the season.

Children and adults are invited to participate in the exhibit by submitting photos, drawings and poems featuring fences or boundaries. Submissions on size 8.5” x 11” paper can be mailed in a large envelope to Lakeside Association, Attn: Fences Exhibit, 236 Walnut Avenue, Lakeside, Ohio 43440 or delivered to the Association Office. Items can also be sent as attachments to Submissions will be accepted until June 24. Please include a name, city and age (for youth work). Include the city and state/country for photos. Submissions will be displayed in Hoover.