Water is focus of next touring Smithsonian exhibit

Water is an essential component of life on our planet, environmentally, culturally, historically, and even politically. Humanities Nebraska is now seeking communities to host a new exhibit on water from Museum on Main Street.

From June 2018 through April 2019, Nebraskans can dive into the world’s most important resource: water.

WATER/WAYS,” the next Museum on Main Street exhibition to tour Nebraska, will explore the relationships between people and water: water as both a critical resource and scared symbol; as a subject of politicians, authors, economists, and artists; and as a source of food, recreation, work, and celebration.

Medlock Bridge Park Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

Medlock Bridge Park
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

“We anticipate that this exhibition will draw a lot of people, with the recent increased awareness of the need to protect our water supply,” said Mary Yager, HN associate director.

Invite your community to immerse itself in the environmental, cultural, and historical components of water by applying to host “WATER/WAYS”. The exhibit is especially designed for small museums or libraries, and offers a unique opportunity for communities to learn about the element together.

Sites will be selected from the pool of applicants to host the exhibit for five or six weeks. Selected sites will receive support and materials from Humanities Nebraska and the Museum on Main Street program of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. Sites will be asked to help promote the exhibit, develop a companion exhibit about their community’s own history, and offer educational programming. Apply for your chance to host “WATER/WAYS” today!

More information about sponsoring “WATER/WAYS” between June 2018 and April 2019 is available on our Museum on Main Street page or by contacting Mary Yager at mary@humanitiesnebraska.org or 402.474.2131. The application deadline is February 28, 2017.

Corporate sponsorships are also still available. If you own or manage a business that has a particular interest in water and would like to support this exhibit’s Nebraska tour, please contact Heather Thomas, director of development, at heather@humanitiesnebraska.org or 402.474.2131.



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