Although it was a rough start and I didn’t make the unveiling of the York kite due to the marathon and the streets being blocked off, I finally made it to the museum. At first I wondered if it was going to be worth fighting the traffic with 2 young boys in tow, fighting for a place to park 3 blocks away, again marathon day madness, and making my way there. I soon found out it was, as much for the boys as myself because they got a great history lesson and I got a great art lesson.
This is not your typical store bought kite. Quite the contrary; these kites are cloth, sometimes hand sewn, and take days if not weeks to finish. On Display from November 4th 2011 – January 14th 2012, The Visions of Lewis and Clark kites exhibit are based on journals from Lewis and Clark and tributes to people and natural resources they encountered as they journeyed. This is the first historical theme-based kite exhibit in the United States.
The Masterpiece is Ed Hamilton’s kite. It is a kite honoring York, a highly-revered slave who accompanied Lewis and Clark. This kite was unveiled at the opening reception and it is truly a work of art. Mr. Hamilton has put many hours, and dedication into this kite, as have the other kite makers, and I applaud them for their brilliance.
This is an exhibit you’ll not want to pass up. If you love kites, of any kind, and you’re a history buff, get on down there and check this one out. Marathon and traffic or not I’m glad we did.
715 West Main Street
First Friday Trolley Hops And Exhibition Openings Are Free