In case you haven't heard a traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian is in Dassel.
Kinda took me by surprise too! It is actually created for small, rural communities, which I think is really cool.
The exhibit is called "Between Fences" and there is no charge to visit it. It is located at the Dassel Area Historical Society, 901 First Street, and will be there until December 5, 2009.
The hours are as follows:
Monday: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Tuesday - Friday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Sunday: 12:30 - 3:00 pm
About the Exhibit: We live Between Fences. We may hardly notice them, but they are dominant features in our lives and in our history. Built of hedge, concrete, wood and metal, fences skirt our properties and are central to the American landscape. We use them to enclose our houses and neighborhoods. They are decorative structures that are as much part of the landscape as trees and flowers. Industry and agriculture without fences would be difficult to imagine. Private ownership of land would be an abstract concept. But fences are more than functional objects. They are powerful symbols. The way we define ourselves as individuals and as a nation becomes concrete in how we build fences. Through an examination of boundaries, place, and space, Between Fences will explore how neighbors and nations divide, protect, offend, and defend through the boundaries they build.