Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit “Water/Ways” comes to Gering

February 22, 2019

GERING — On Saturday, Feb. 23, Legacy of the Plains Museum is hosting a Smithsonian Museum on Main Street (MoMS) traveling exhibit, “Water/Ways.”

Legacy of the Plains Museum and the surrounding community has been chosen by Humanities Nebraska to host “Water/Ways” as part of the Museum on Main Street program — a national/state/local partnership to bring exhibitions and programs to rural cultural organizations. Gering is the last stop on this tour through Nebraska before it leaves on Saturday, April 13.

“Water/Ways” explores the endless motion of the water cycle, water’s effect on landscape, settlement and migration, and its impact on culture and spirituality. It looks at how political and economic planning is 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 our partners, Legacy of the Plains will develop a complementary exhibit, host public programs, and facilitate educational initiatives to raise people’s understanding about what water means to us.

These programs are free and open to the public.

“Water/Ways” is part of the Smithsonian’s Think Water Initiative to raise awareness of water as a critical resource for life through exhibitions, educational resources and public programs. The public can participate in the conversation on social media at #thinkWater.

The exhibition 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. To learn more about “Water/Ways” and other Museum on Main Street exhibitions, visit www.museumonmainstreet.org.

Support for MoMS has been provided by the U.S. Congress. SITES has been sharing the wealth of Smithsonian collections and research programs with millions of people outside Washington, D.C., for 65 years. SITES connects Americans to their shared cultural heritage through a wide range of exhibitions about art, science and history, which are shown wherever people live, work and play. For exhibition description and tour schedules, visit www.sites.si.edu.