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.


July 13, 2019 - August 24, 2019     The Oxford Museum, Oxford, Talbot County
August 31, 2019 - October 12, 2019     Washington County Historical Society, Hagerstown
October 19, 2019 - November 30, 2019     Cambridge Main Street, Cambridge, Dorchester County
December 7, 2019 - January 18, 2020     Crisfield Heritage Foundation, Crisfield, Somerset County
January 25, 2020 - March 7, 2020     Calvert Library, Prince Frederick, Calvert County

Water/Ways, an exhibition from the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street, explores the relationship between people and water. It explores the centrality of water in our lives including its effect on the environment and climate, its practical role in agriculture and economic planning, and its impact on culture and spirituality. Water/Ways is part of Museum on Main Street, a unique collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), state humanities councils across the nation, and local host institutions. 


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