Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Through the car window

Through the car window
Originally uploaded by jhhymas.
Look at the scenery! Isn't the American West a spectacular place?? It would be hard to make a living on a farm here, which is why it still looks so good. In the last six years we have driven across the heartland on all the major east-west roads. It has really given me a different sense of the size and qualities of America and Americans.
There is so much space and so many interesting things to see. I want to especially recommend the Prairie Museum of Art and History in Colby, Kansas. It has been a couple of years since I was there, but it made a lasting impression on me; I plan to visit it again. Based on the collections of a farming family with plenty of money and big attics the collection ranges from Meissen and art glass to American toys and ephemera. Changing exhibits juxtapose artifiacts of all kinds that begin with letters of the alphabet. I have to congratulate the curators on this idea and its execution. Unexpected associations are a delight, and thought-provoking. This is Samuel Ramey's hometown and there is a very nice exhibit on his life in the opera world. They also have some lovely dolls and other toys. There is such a richness in the collection that they can change the displays quite a bit. The Museum is located just off Highway 70, between exits 53 &54 in Northwest Kansas.

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