Between the Fences
“Between Fences” is a Museum on Mainstreet traveling exhibit sponsored by the Smithsonian Institute and the Illinois Humanities Council. Pinckneyville was one of 6 Illinois communities to be chosen to host this exhibit and it has been showing at the Pinckneyville Park, in the Exhibition Hall from October 16, 2008 through November 23, 2008. The Smithsonian exhibit explores the development of fences in our country, the ways they were made, the reasons they were used and the effects they had on the life of all Americans. The Foundation for Pinckneyville organized the exhibit and added local exhibits about coal mining history, wire fence making machines, and the life of our famous resident, Virginia Marmaduke, Chicago newspaper reporter in the 1940’s through the 1960’s. We sponsored a grade school picket fence painting contest, a writing contest, conducted hundreds of public school classes through the museum and held a televised program about the Life and Career of Virginia Marmaduke.
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