Smithsonian exhibit draws more than 350 visitors in first week

They came from Hettinger, Bucyrus, Reeder, Scranton, Bowman, Bison, Buffalo, Lodgepole, Lemmon, Mott, New England and Regent.

One of the many events sponsored and put together by the Key Ingredients group was a formal tea.
One of the many events sponsored and put together by the Key Ingredients group was a formal tea.

Posted Jan. 3, 2012

They came from Hettinger, Bucyrus, Reeder, Scranton, Bowman, Bison, Buffalo, Lodgepole, Lemmon, Mott, New England and Regent.

But the 350 plus people at the Dakota Buttes Museum in Hettinger to view the Smithsonian exhibit in the first nine days it was open also came from Dickinson, Ft. Yates, Williston, Mandan, Minneapolis, Bismarck, Helena, Mont., Washington state, Colorado Springs, Colo., Lincoln City, Ore., Oshkosh, Wis., Arlington, Texas, and Palm Beach, Fla., in addition to Rapid City Aberdeen, and San Francisco.

From the opening of the exhibit on Saturday, May 5 to today, the MoMS (Museums on Main Street) traveling exhibit, Key Ingredients: America by Food, from the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, continues to attract people who are just curious, or who are interested in learning more about how Food Connects US: Past, Present and Future. Nine area schools and several adult groups also toured the exhibit.

Beginning in March 2012 with the Soup Wars at Reeder’s DPEC and with Dakota Discussions I at United Methodist Church in Hettinger, to the opening on May 5, the Very Prairie Tea on May 6 and the first Mid-Morning coffee gathering at the museum last Wednesday, the exhibit–along with the six special local exhibits and activities–continues to pull in visitors from near and far.

Key Ingredients: America by Food is the result of a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, and the Federation of State Humanities Councils. Support for MoMS has been provided by the United States Congress, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the Hearst Foundation.

Additional events and activities in the Hettinger area are sponsored by the North Dakota Humanities Council, the Dakota Buttes Historical Society/Museum in Hettinger, ND, and the Hettinger Area Key Ingredients Steering Committee, the City of Hettinger, the Dakota Buttes Visitors Council, the Hettinger Clothes Closet, the Reeder Lions Club, and Dakota Cabin Quilts in addition to many other local and area businesses.

After applying for a grant, almost a year went into the planning of the Key Ingredients activities. Opening a major exhibit is in itself a challenge for a museum, but so many other community events were tied into this for the community had something for everyone to enjoy.

“It was a great deal of work,” said Bonnie Smith at the closing ceremonies. “But worth every minute.”

 




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