Previous Exhibits

2007-2008 – Between Fences

We live between fences. We hardly notice them, but they are dominant features in our lives and in our history. This exhibition is a visual cultural history of fences and land use that examines how neighbors and nations divide and protect, offend and defend through the boundaries they build.  Hosted by:  Custer County Historical Society Museum, Broken Bow; Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center, Chadron; Dawson County Historical Society Museum, Lexington; Nebraska State Capitol, Lincoln; Wisner Heritage Museum; Plainsman Museum, Aurora; Raymond A. Whitwer Tilden Public Library.

Sponsored in Nebraska by the Cooper Foundation, the Valmont Foundation, the Nebraska Rural Radio Network—KRVN, KTIC, and KNEB, and the Nebraska Farm Bureau.

2005-2006 – Key Ingredients: America by Food

Food on the American table is rooted in centuries of continuous borrowing and sharing between people across generations, cultures and the nation. Small-town museums can create fun activities and events such as cook-offs, oral history projects and folk demonstrations.  Hosted by:

Custer County Historical Society Museum, Broken Bow; Kimball Public Library; Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center, Chadron; Sturdevant-McKee Historic House Museum, Atkinson; Madison County Historical Society Museum, Madison; El Museo Latino, Omaha.

Sponsored in Nebraska by Nebraska Division of Travel and Tourism, Nebraska Farm Bureau Services, and Nebraska Rural Radio Network.

2003 – Yesterday’s Tomorrows: Past Visions of the American Future

A perfect vehicle for community planning and tongue-in-cheek technology predictions, this exhibition inspires lively activities, from invention fairs to design contests. It examines the ways that Americans in the past century envisioned our collective future.  Hosted by: Peterson Fine Arts Center, Wayne; Edgerton Explorit Center, Aurora; Saunders County Historical Society, Wahoo; Kaleidoscope Gallery No. 13, Bassett; Museum of the High Plains, McCook; North Platte Valley Museum, Gering.

Sponsored in Nebraska by McCook National Bank, Qwest Foundation, Hamilton Community Foundation, Platte Valley National Bank, Leo A. Daly, the William and Ann Cannon Foundation and AMFirst Bank.

2001-2002 – Barn Again! Celebrating an American Icon

The barn is explored as a cultural and agricultural icon. It brings record-breaking audiences to small-town museums and generates interest in barn preservation and historic barn restorations.  Hosted by:  Farm and Ranch Museum, Gering; Museum of the High Plains, McCook; Belvidere Community Center; Nebraska State Capitol, Lincoln; Bassett Art Gallery; Custer County Historical Society, Broken Bow; Madison County Historical Society Museum, Madison; Burt County Museum, Tekamah; Springfield Community Building; Nebraska State Fair, Lincoln; Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer, Grand Island.

Sponsored in Nebraska by Bahr, Vermeer, Haecker Architects; Dillon Foundation; Frenchman Valley Co-op; Leo A. Daly Company; McCook National Bank; Nebraska Architectural Foundation, Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation; Nebraska Rural Electric Association; Nebraska Rural Radio Association; Olsson Family Foundation; Sampson Construction Company; Sinclair Hille & Associates.

1996 – Produce for Victory: Posters on the American Home Front, 1941-1945

Rural Americans have a chance to add their own WWII experiences to the nation’s understanding of this critical episode in American history. Communities respond to the exhibition with USO recreations, scrap drives, victory gardens, and even Rosie the Riveter look-alike contests. Hosted by:

Geneva Public Library; Fillmore County Historical Society, Fairmont; Nemaha Valley Museum, Auburn; 100th Meridian Museum, Cozad; Banner County Historical Society, Harrisburg.



NEH Head Says Humanities Funding Still A Question Mark

National Endowment for the Humanities Acting Chairman Jon Peede was in Omaha re