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Between Fences

Beach FenceHumanities Tennessee's fourth Smithsonian traveling exhibit project, Between Fences, began its tour of Tennessee in September 2006. Between Fences provides a lively cultural history of fences and fencing traditions, and explores cultural settlement and expansion, farming and agricultural history, the evolution of our national boundaries, and fences as expressions of ownership, identity and social relationship.

Through a selection of artifacts, photographs, and illustrations, Between Fences explores the diverse historical, regional and social traditions expressed in how we use land and organize space. Through programs such as community research projects, companion exhibits, and/or book and film discussions, host communities will interpret related local history topics — from the settlement of their counties to the legacy of barriers based on race and class — to provide a strong local element to the Smithsonian traveling exhibit.

WormfenceFor the first time, companion programming by local hosts was digitized for Humanities Tennessee's digital historical and cultural atlas, an ongoing, web-based project. From each site on the exhibit tour, visitors had the ability to access companion programming from the other five host venues, providing Between Fences with unprecedented outreach to visitors from across the state.

Between Fences toured Tennessee from September 2006 to July 2007 and was hosted by the following organizations:

  • Blount County Historical Museum, Maryville
  • Jonesborough/Washington County History Museum
  • Union County Historical Society, Roy Acuff Union Museum & Library, Maynardville
  • Overton County Heritage Museum, Livingston
  • Lewis County Historical Society, Hohenwald Depot
  • Paris-Henry County Heritage Center