Monday, September 7, 2009

Hanley Falls, Minnesota and the Installation of Between Fences

Now that the hectic, overloaded time we spent at Hanley Falls is over, I am trying to get some of the work I have here at home caught up. I arrived home at 11 pm, too tired to even bring in the suitcase.
The first of Ardmore's first cousins passed away on August 29. Jalmer Haugen's funeral was Friday afternoon. It would be family time for Ardmore's siblings. Bergliotte arrived the day before and morning I decided to have breakfast with her at the Roseau Diner. She pulled the photos of her grandchildren out of her purse to share. The photo of the Bridget's girls and Mary Beth's Corbin showed how they were aging. Mary Beth's little girl is adorable. I'm sure Mary Beth has enjoyed being home during the summer, one of the advantages of teaching. Following a breakfast of easy-over eggs and dark toast, we headed to the Roseau City Center for a tour. It will probably be the last time she will get to see the museum the way it is exhibited now. She was surprised at the collection and amazed at all that was in the storage area. The afternoon was spent at Helgeson's funeral chapel and the Badger Pioneer Cemetery visiting with relatives and friends; some we hadn't seen in many years and Ardmore didn't even recognized them. Adding onto the already busy day was supper for the missionaries.It is such a relief to be able to pull our some already cooked hamburger and mix it with a can of diced tomatoes and Prego for spaghetti. We ended the day visiting with Bergliotte, who headed back to the motel around 10.

Saturday I mowed our 4 inches tall lawn. It was a lovely day to be outside so I totally enjoyed being on the mower. There was also unpacking to do and washing to take care of. I tried to squeeze in some study time for my class but that wasn't as much as I would have liked, I was too tired and ended up napping.

About Hanley Falls...The Between Fences MOMS Smithsonian Exhibit installation, docent and interpretive workshops were informative and intense. As usually, it was a good thing we put it together as a group, there is always a few glitches, such as, installing a panel backwards, placing the wrong connectors in a panel, not having things lined up so the screws won't go into the panels or kiosk.

By the time the exhibit was installed on Wednesday we were ready for a break and some supper! We all spent some checking out the Hanley Falls exhibits. For a very small town they do a very good job. The museum has a very active board, most of them were in attendance at the installation. Britt and I were impressed with all the cataloging they had done. Each artifact was labeled with a small tag that told who the donors were, the number and the artifact object name. We know how much time it takes to accomplish such a task.

One of the interesting complementary exhibits was a fence with a tractor seat attached, to represent "fence sitters". We all know how fence sitters add to the workload of others. Do you know any examples of fence sitters in your life? Share them if you do in the comment section.

1 comment:

leah said...

fence sitters? what are those?