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The Smithsonian is Touring Idaho!

Smithsonian traveling exhibit on ‘Water’ is touring Idaho May 2016 - March 2017

A Smithsonian traveling exhibition on all things water in America, titled Water/Ways, is visiting six Idaho communities in 2016-17. 

The exhibit will visit the Idaho Falls Public Library, The Sun Valley Museum of History (Ketchum), Idaho Museum of Natural History (Pocatello), Nampa Public Library, The Third Street Galley in collaboration with the Latah County Historical Society (Moscow) and the Burley Public Library.

The exhibit will be on display for six weeks in each of the six Idaho communities. While on display, each community will develop around the exhibit its own local programming, ranging from school projects, to lectures, films, panel discussions, local displays, and other activities limited only by the imagination.

The exhibition explores water as a critical scientific and cultural resource. An essential component of life on our planet, water powers the environment’s engine, impacting climate and helping to shape and sculpt the landscape. Water’s impact on humans is not just biological and environmental; it serves as a source of peace and contemplation. We cherish our connections to nature, particularly the sights, the sounds, and the sense of place we feel at the water’s edge. 

Many faiths revere water as a sacred symbol. Authors and artists are inspired by the duality of water – a substance that is seemingly soft and graceful, yet also a powerful and often unstoppable force.

The availability of water affects settlement and migration patterns. Access to water and control of water resources have long been a central part of political and economic planning. Human creativity and resourcefulness provide new ways of protecting water resources and renewing respect for the natural environment.

Water/Ways is part of the Smithsonian’s “Museum on Main Street” program, an exhibition program that was developed to bring exhibitions primarily to smaller communities in America that would not ordinarily have the opportunity to host such an exhibit. The IHC has brought to Idaho over the past fifteen years Smithsonian exhibitions on American roots music, food and culture, the history of American labor, yesterday’s visions of the future, sports history, barn architecture, the meaning of fences and borders, and more. 



Idaho Falls Public Library, Idaho Falls
May 28 - July 10, 2016
Contact: Liza Evans
Ph: 208.612.8460

The Sun Valley Museum of History, Ketchum
July 16 - August 28, 2016
Contact: Taylor Paslay
Ph: 208.726.7355 ext. 103

Idaho Museum of Natural History, Pocatello
September 3 - October 16, 2016
Contact: Curt Schmitz
Ph: 208.282.3168

Nampa Public Library, Nampa
October 22 - December 4, 2016
Contact: Beth Neunaber
Ph: 208.468.5807

Third Street Gallery, Moscow
In cooperation with the Latah County Historical Society
December 10, 2016 - January 22, 2017
Contact: Dulce Kersting
Ph: 208.882.1004

Burley Public Library, Burley
January 28 - March 12, 2017
Contact: Linda Barney
Ph: 208-878-7708


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