Water is the focus of the next Smithsonian exhibition tourAn essential component of life on our planet, water is also of cultural, historical, economical, and political significance. In Water/Ways, Marylanders will dive into the world's most important resource: water.
- Opening Venue
May 25, 2019 – July 6, 2019
The Historical Society of Baltimore County, Cockeysville, MD
With partners Back River Restoration Committee, Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability, Baltimore County Office of Tourism and Promotion, Cockeysville Public Library, Cromwell Valley Park Council, Ecotone, Fire Museum of Maryland, Gallery Unicorn at Towson Unitarian Universalist Church, Gunpowder Falls State Park, Gunpowder Valley Conservancy, The Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum, Master Gardener’s program, Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association, Oregon Ridge Nature Center, Patapsco Valley State Park, and Patapsco Heritage Greenway.
- Venue 2
July 13, 2019 – August 24, 2019
The Oxford Museum, Oxford, MD
With partners Oxford Community Center and Oxford Parks and Recreation; and support from the Oxford Garden Club and Oxford Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary.
- Venue 3
August 31, 2019 – October 12, 2019
Washington County Historical Society, Hagerstown, MD
With partners C&O Canal National Historical Park and C&O Canal Trust
- Venue 4
October 19, 2019 – November 30, 2019
Cambridge Main Street, Cambridge, MD
With partners Dorchester Center for the Arts, Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Blackwater Paddle & Peddle outfitters & tours, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Choptank River Lighthouse Foundation, Dorchester Chamber of Commerce, Dorchester Citizens for Planned Growth, Dorchester County Department of Tourism/Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area, Dorchester County Historical Society, Dorchester County Public Library, Harriet Tubman State Park & Visitor Center, Harriet Tubman Tours & transportation shuttle, Heritage Skipjack Race Committee, Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay, Mid-Shore Community Foundation, Nathan of Dorchester Skipjack Committee, The Nature Conservancy, Richardson Maritime Museum & Ruark Boatworks, and Shore Rivers.
- Venue 5
December 7, 2019 – January 18, 2020
Crisfield Heritage Foundation, Crisfield, MD
With partners Somerset County Library, The Crisfield Arts & Entertainment Project, Crisfield Chamber of Commerce, and the local Church Community
- Closing Venue
January 25, 2020 – March 7, 2020
Calvert Library, Prince Frederick, MD
With partners Calvert Marine Museum, Bayside History Museum, and Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum, Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory
From above, Earth appears as a water planet with more than 71 percent of its surface covered with this vital resource for life. Water impacts climate, agriculture, transportation, industry and more. It inspires art and music. The newest traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street (MoMS) program, Water/Ways, examines water as an environmental necessity and an important cultural element.
All of the water currently on the planet is all that there will ever be. Through the water cycle, it is in endless motion on Earth’s surface, below ground and in the atmosphere. Water/Ways explores this cycle, water’s effect on the landscape, settlement and migration, and its impact on culture and spirituality. It looks at how political and economic planning have long been affected by access to water and control of water resources. Human creativity and resourcefulness provide new ways of protecting water resources and renewing respect for the natural environment.
Designed for small-town museums, libraries, and cultural organizations, Water/Ways will serve as a community meeting place to convene conversations about water’s impact on American culture. With the support and guidance of Maryland Humanities, these towns will develop complementary exhibits, host public programs and facilitate educational initiatives to raise people’s understanding of what water means culturally, socially and spiritually in their own community.