Minnesota is the ‘Land of 10,000 Lakes’ where water is a large part of our identity, culture, and history. Because water plays such an integral role, our state was only one of five selected by the Smithsonian Institution, to launch a new traveling exhibit now on display in Minnesota — Water/Ways.
Water/Ways is a community engagement initiative of the Smithsonian’s ‘Museum on Main Street‘ program. It is designed to reconnect Minnesotans to our water resources, and the need to become involved in its protection through science, story, history, faith, ethics, and the arts. The exhibit seeks to reveal the central nature of water on our lives — how we use it, how it unites communities, and how Minnesotans care for and protect this valuable resource for current and future generations.
Six communities will host the exhibit and each works with partner organizations to to explore the meaning of water – by telling their local water stories and collectively envisioning their water future. This uniquely provides different program activities and events at each location including shoreline restoration workshops, raingarden workshops, river clean-up events, and paddling events to name a few. Be sure to check out the schedule of events for each location!
Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center, Spicer/New London
June 25-August 7, 2016
Nicollet County Historical Society, St. Peter
August 13-September 25, 2016
Goodhue County Historical Society, Red Wing
October 1-November 13, 2016
Audubon Center of the North Woods, Sandstone
November 19, 2016-January 1, 2017
Lanesboro Arts, Lanesboro
January 7-February 19, 2017
Becker County Historical Society, Detroit Lakes
February 25-April 9, 2017
In Minnesota, the exhibit is led by the Minnesota Humanities Center in partnership with Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Minnesota Historical Society, Minnesota Department of Health, and the Minnesota Section of the American Water Works Association.
For additional information, please visit: http://www.mnhum.org/waterways