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Museum on Main Street

The Smithsonian Institution offers a traveling exhibit through the South Dakota Humanities Council called Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and state humanities councils across the country. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress.

In 2008-2009, SDHC brought the exhibit “Between Fences” to the state. The traveling musical exhibit "New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music," is the latest Museum on Main Street program to come to South Dakota. For more information on the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street, please visit www.museumonmainstreet.org.


New Harmonies

This exhibit showcased the history of American music in genres such as blues, country western, folk ballads, and gospel. It featured familiar songs, histories of instruments, roles of religion and technology, and the connection of musical roots in all popular American music.

It was featured in the following South Dakota cities in 2012:

•  March 18 - April 22: Sturgis (Sturgis Area Arts Council/Sturgis Public Library)

•  April 29 - June 10: Aberdeen (Northern State University Beulah Williams Library)

•  June 17 - July 29: Brookings (Brookings Arts Council)

•  August 6 - September 17: Deadwood (Adams Museum and House)

•  September 25 - November 7: Rapid City (Rapid City Public Library)

•  November 14 - January 13: Sioux Falls (Siouxland Heritage Museums)

As the first South Dakota community to enjoy the New Harmonies exhibit, Sturgis was also the site of the Grand Opening celebration. Festivities included a special ribbon-cutting ceremony and performance at the Sturgis Community Center Theater by Lakota Music Project, a collaboration between the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and a traditional Lakota drum group.

Members of the Lakota Music Project perform in Sturgis March 18. Photo by Jim Kent




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