“Celebrate Nebraska Water” will coincide with a Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition, Water/ Ways, which will travel to six Nebraska communities from June 2018 through April 2019. The Water/Ways exhibition will provide visitors with the opportunity to explore the relationships between people and water; water as both a critical resource and sacred symbol, a subject of politicians, authors, economists and artists, and a source of food, recreation, work, and celebration.
The exhibition will be hosted at the following locations: Niobrara National Scenic River Visitor Center in Valentine June 23 through August 3 Custer County Historical Society Museum in Broken Bow August 11 through September 21 Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art in David City September 29 through November 9 Nebraska Prairie Museum in Holdrege November 17 through December 21 Knight Museum and Sandhills Center in Alliance January 5 through February 15, 2019 Legacy of the Plains in Gering February 23 through April 7, 2019.
Because water is so essential to Nebraska, a number of Nebraska organizations will join in promoting “Celebrate Nebraska Water!” These organizations include: The Crane Trust, Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska, The Groundwater Foundation, The Nature Conservancy in Nebraska, Nebraska Association of Resources Districts, Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs, Nebraska Department of Natural Resources, Nebraska Extension, Nebraska State Historical Society, Nebraska State Irrigation Association, Nebraska Educational Telecommunications, Platte Basin Timelapse, Prairie Loft Center for Outdoor and Agricultural Learning, and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.
These collaborating organizations encourage all Nebraskans to make a special effort to enjoy, protect, and learn more about Nebraska’s water resources in all its forms. Libraries, museums, schools, and other organizations are encouraged to schedule activities related to water during the upcoming year. Visit humanitiesnebraska.org/water for a list of events and resources.
Water/Ways is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration of the Smithsonian Institution and Humanities Nebraska, a private, nonprofit serving the state with programming related to history and culture. The exhibition and associated programming is brought to Nebraska with funding support from the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, Brown Transfer Company, Valley, and other generous donors.