Wasilla, Alaska is enjoying their final week with the New Harmonies exhibit. The Dorothy Page museum’s curator, Bethany Buckingham, has just informed us of the community’s involvement with the exhibit throughout its duration in Wasilla. We are eager to learn the full details from the host site’s Smithsonian experience – In the meantime, here are some notable details to whet the appetite for an upcoming in-depth report:
Over 1300 guests visited the Dorothy Page museum to experience New Harmonies, more than the usual amount of visitors that the museum receives during the fall! The Dorothy Page museum enjoyed a fruitful exhibition opening on September 12, 2009 where they welcomed 125 guests including city and borough representatives. The museum created a “You Rock” concert stage where children and adults could don “rock star gear” including sunglasses and sparkle wigs for photos. The Air Force Band of the Pacific – Northern Lights Brass also made an appearance during the opening reception playing a selection of rock opera, Dixieland jazz and original compositions.Local band Duo Sonics played a selection of Blues and Country ranging from Robert Johnson and B.B. King to Hank Williams and Merle Haggard. The Duo Sonics alsoinvited local Wasilla resident, Corky Sager, 85, to accompany them on the spoons – what a rare talent, and what a unique collaboration!
Even Wasilla’s local TV station put the Dorothy Page Museum in the limelight.KTUU Channel 2 meteorologist Scott Elnes traveled to the museum to record a blog segment on New Harmonies, which was posted to the gotoAK.com website. KTUU photographer Dan Carpenter followed up with an interview which played on the 5pm, 6pm, and 10pm news that evening – not to mention the next morning! The local newspaper, The Frontiersman, featured the exhibit in a full page spread.
Most importantly, Bethany mentioned that every individual who toured exhibit has appreciated distinct aspects of it – New Harmonies touched a diverse range of people and interests. “Everyone comes out of the exhibit mentioning the different sections or quotes that they’ve enjoyed,” stated Buckingham. As their hosting duties come to a close, we wish the Wasilla community the best of luck for a successful finale.
Many thanks go out to Bethany Buckingham for providing us with a wonderful update from Wasilla!
-- Roxanne Berschler, SITES, Washington D.C.