Sunday, April 24, 2011

CALL FOR ENTRIES: Keys for Main Street Museum in White River Junction and St. Petersburg, Russia


We all have Keys.
Keys in our pockets. Keys in a drawer in our rooms. Keys in an old coat that we haven’t worn in years. Some probably open doors—somewhere.

Some open things that are long gone. Some start cars that have been sold—cars that have been crushed and turned into new cars. We don’t remember the locks, but we may remember the car, the lover’s apartment, the best friend’s borrowed bike. The trigger to our memories can be a key.

Now is the time to do something with the keys, and with the stories behind them.

Main Street Museum invites you to bring us your keys. An exhibition is scheduled at the Anna Akhmatova Museum in the Sheremetev Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia. We will exhibit these keys in May, 2011 alongside other Russian cultural artifacts. Ordinary or rare, they all have some story to tell. Then we will accession them into the permanent collection and exhibit them in a special exhibition in Vermont during the summer months.

To be a part of this, simply bring us your old keys, and we will record their stories. These need not be specific—“keys of mystery” are sometimes the best of all! (And you are welcome to submit keys anonymously.)

The Main Street Museum
58 Bridge Street, White River Junction, Vermont, 05001 802.356.2776
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Image: very small plastic gumball charm key from Main Street Museum website