Little more than a year ago, in March 2007, New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music opened in five states. Now, we're just a few months away from the May 2009 debut of our next Museum on Main Street exhibition, Journey Stories. Whew.
Even though the exhibition does not open until next year, it has been in development for nearly three years. Back in the fall of 2005, the theme of the exhibition was selected. Later that year, the MoMS team began meeting with our curator, William Withuhn, from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History to map out the content of the exhibition and begin developing the script. It's been a great process every step of the way. Now, our designer at the Smithsonian's Office of Exhibits Central (OEC), Tina Lynch, is putting the finishing touches on a colorful and creative design that we're looking forward to showing visitors all over the country in the years to come.
Our colleagues at OEC are doing a masterful job of fabricating the exhibition. From designing, editing, and printing graphic panels to crafting mounts to hold objects in place to outfitting crates for traveling the exhibition, their skilled craftsmanship is critical to the success of the project. Please come back to this blog and visit the "Journey Stories Fabrication" photo album in the right column as we track the construction of the exhibition. We'll be snapping photos until every crate is filled.
Journey Stories is an incredibly rich and diverse tale of Americans, their embrace of personal mobility, and the transportation systems they developed. We hope that you'll have an opportunity to see Journey Stories in person when it debuts in 2009 in Illinois, Kansas, Mississippi, North Dakota, and Oklahoma as host state humanities councils and communities add their important local stories and experiences to the exhibition.
-- Robbie Davis, Museum on Main Street/SITES, Washington, DC