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Utah Humanities
01/19/2021

Utah Humanities

Fantastic exhibition installation crew! Utah Humanities program assistants Megan Weiss and Nate Housley with Insight Exhibits designer Taylor Weed and one of Insight's ace team of installers! H2O Today will be open to the public on Thursday January 21! #thinkwaterutah

Utah Humanities
01/19/2021

Utah Humanities

Water is wonderful. But water is limited. And fragile. “H2O Today” explores the beauty and essential nature of water, our planet’s lifeblood.

Join us for the Smithsonian "H2O Today" exhibition as we kick off its year-long tour through Utah! Its first location is in West Valley City at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center, where you can see it from January 21 to April 19, 2021. Don't miss this traveling Smithsonian exhibition, along with West Valley’s companion exhibitions, "Utah’s Waterways" and “Utah Rivers at a Crossroads.”

These exhibitions and associated activities are free and open to the public! See West Valley’s schedule of in-person and virtual activities here:https://utahhumanities.org/images/centerheritage/docs/H2O-WVA-PublicProgramSchedule.pdf

“H2O Today” is organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and Utah Humanities, and is touring in partnership with West Valley Arts. The tour is part of Think Water Utah, a statewide collaboration and conversation on the critical topic of water presented by Utah Humanities and its partners. Learn more about the Think Water Utah project at https://utahhumanities.org/index.php/think-water-utah.html

#H2OToday #ThinkWaterUtah #MyWaterStory #IdeasInAction #SmithsonianInstitution

#MLK2021
01/18/2021

#MLK2021

Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination in Memphis, TN, on April 4, 1968 transformed him into an icon of the struggle for equality. Four days later, Congressman John Conyers introduced a bill to establish a federal holiday in his honor. #MLKDay #AmericanDemocracy #CivilRights

Image: The Library of Congress

Civil Rights leader and icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was born on this day in 1929. Image Courtesy: The Library of Con...
01/15/2021

Civil Rights leader and icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was born on this day in 1929. Image Courtesy: The Library of Congress

Missouri Humanities Council
01/12/2021

Missouri Humanities Council

"Water/Ways" is moving this week from Kellerman Foundation for Historic Preservation to State Technical College of Missouri and will be open to the public on January 21st in Linn, Missouri!

"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 institution.

“Crossroads: Change in Rural America” offers small towns a chance to look at their own paths to highlight the changes th...
01/11/2021

“Crossroads: Change in Rural America” offers small towns a chance to look at their own paths to highlight the changes that affected their fortunes over the past century. See the exhibition tour here: sites.si.edu/s/tour-schedule #RuralCrossroads

Mississippi Humanities Council
01/06/2021

Mississippi Humanities Council

Crossroads is on the move! The Smithsonian traveling exhibition arrived in style today at East Mississippi Community College thanks to the East Mississippi Community College Athletics football trailer and the wonderful team at the EMCC truck driving program. The exhibition will open in early February and we can't wait to see it in Scooba! Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service Museum on Main Street

#DYK that clouds are made up of clusters of water droplets that are constantly changing? A single cloud may only exist f...
01/04/2021

#DYK that clouds are made up of clusters of water droplets that are constantly changing? A single cloud may only exist for an hour before its droplets evaporate into water vapor and start the condensation process once again. #WaterWays

Timeline Photos
01/01/2021

Timeline Photos

#DidYouKnow that rivers not only carry water to the sea, but also sediment and organic materials? When a river drops eno...
12/28/2020

#DidYouKnow that rivers not only carry water to the sea, but also sediment and organic materials? When a river drops enough sediment at its mouth, vegetation begins to grow, forming new land! #WaterWays

Timeline Photos
12/25/2020

Timeline Photos

Food brings us together and our traditions around food help to shape culture and identity. In this segment of #StoriesFr...
12/24/2020
True Southern Cornbread in Arkansas

Food brings us together and our traditions around food help to shape culture and identity. In this segment of #StoriesFromMainStreet the proper way to make Arkansas Southern cornbread is revealed—and this recipe does NOT include sugar! bit.ly/2E4xS8V

Do you have any cherished holiday recipes and traditions around food? Share them with us below!

Recorded in Alpena, Michigan "What recipes are passed from generation to generation in your family?" Because of my Southern heritage--the way they fried chicken and the way they made cornbread. And,

“It’s extra effort that separates a winner from second place. Desire, determination, discipline, and self-sacrifice. Put...
12/21/2020

“It’s extra effort that separates a winner from second place. Desire, determination, discipline, and self-sacrifice. Put these all together, and even if you don’t win, how can you lose?”
–Jessie Owens. #MotivationMonday

Over the past century, we’ve learned that our access to clean, usable water is far from guaranteed. In #StoriesFromMainS...
12/18/2020

Over the past century, we’ve learned that our access to clean, usable water is far from guaranteed. In #StoriesFromMainSt’s final episode of season 1, we explore what people and communities are doing to save and protect our waterways. Listen here: http://bit.ly/31YwGkP #MyWaterStory

We’re proud to offer a wide range of distance learning resources & activities! Check out our exhibition-specific Smithso...
12/17/2020

We’re proud to offer a wide range of distance learning resources & activities! Check out our exhibition-specific Smithsonian Learning Lab resources, which are a destination for millions of carefully curated & easily accessible open educational resources! sites.si.edu/s/

Utah Humanities
12/15/2020

Utah Humanities

The "Water|Ways" exhibition moves to its third location on its tour around Utah, at the Swaner Preserve & EcoCenter in Park City! Don't miss this traveling Smithsonian exhibition from December 19, 2020 to March 27, 2021, along with the Swaner’s companion exhibit, "Why Wetlands?"

These exhibitions and associated activities are free and open to the public! See Swaner’s schedule of in-person and virtual activities here:https://utahhumanities.org/images/centerheritage/docs/WWSwanerPublicProgramSchedule.pdf

Water|Ways is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and Utah Humanities, and is touring in partnership with the Swaner Preserve & EcoCenter. The tour is part of Think Water Utah, a statewide collaboration and conversation on the critical topic of water presented by Utah Humanities and its partners. Learn more about the Think Water Utah project at https://utahhumanities.org/index.php/think-water-utah.html

#WaterWays #ThinkWaterUtah #MyWaterStory #IdeasInAction #MuseumOnMainStreet #SmithsonianInstitution

Steam is more than just a byproduct of heating water! It plays a critical role in power generation. Modern steam turbine...
12/14/2020

Steam is more than just a byproduct of heating water! It plays a critical role in power generation. Modern steam turbines produce more than 80% of the world’s electricity. And, naturally occurring steam from beneath the earth’s surface powers geothermal energy plants. #Waterways

Many Americans assume that rural communities are endangered and hanging on by a thread—suffering from outmigration, aili...
12/08/2020

Many Americans assume that rural communities are endangered and hanging on by a thread—suffering from outmigration, ailing schools & overused land. But that perception is far from true in many areas. Here, a farmer uses technology in a tractor on a farm. #RuralCrossroads.

Our love of sports begins in our hometowns! Does anyone have any fond memories of playing sports or playing on a hometow...
12/02/2020

Our love of sports begins in our hometowns! Does anyone have any fond memories of playing sports or playing on a hometown team? #HometownTeams #Sports

Our "Voices and Votes: Democracy in America" traveling exhibition  explores the great leap of faith that sparked questio...
12/01/2020

Our "Voices and Votes: Democracy in America" traveling exhibition explores the great leap of faith that sparked questions that continue to impact Americans: who has the right to vote, what are the freedoms and responsibilities of citizens, and whose voices will be heard?
Check out the tour schedule here: https://s.si.edu/33BqaAW. #VoicesVotes

Missouri Humanities Council
11/30/2020

Missouri Humanities Council

When you think of water, what story, thought, and/or memory comes to mind?

We are pleased to be hosting "Water/Ways," a Smithsonian exhibition that dives into water as an essential component of life on our planet — environmentally, culturally, and historically.

In cooperation with the Kellerman Foundation for Historic Preservation, the exhibit is currently on display until January 13 in Heritage Hall located at 102 North Main Street in Cape Girardeau. To accompany the exhibit, the Kellerman Foundation is displaying a new rotating exhibit ever two weeks that highlights Cape’s connection to water.

“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 institution.

A safe and Happy Thanksgiving to everyone from the staff here at Museum on Main Street!
11/26/2020

A safe and Happy Thanksgiving to everyone from the staff here at Museum on Main Street!

How are your communities protecting and saving local waterways? Listen to what communities around the nation are doing i...
11/23/2020

How are your communities protecting and saving local waterways? Listen to what communities around the nation are doing in episode 6 of "Stories from Main Street:" bit.ly/31YwGkP #MyWaterStory

Over the past century, we’ve learned that our access to clean, usable water is far from guaranteed. The cars, factories, and agriculture of our industrial age have not been kind to our waterways. In 2009, an Environmental Protection Agency assessment revealed that 55% of our rivers and streams were suffering from pollution and considered to be in poor condition. That’s not even including our lakes, bays, gulfs, and oceans, into which we’ve dumped chemicals, waste, and plastic.

"The Breakfast of Champions!" Wheaties cereal started using the famous slogan in 1933. The first athlete featured on a W...
11/19/2020

"The Breakfast of Champions!" Wheaties cereal started using the famous slogan in 1933. The first athlete featured on a Wheaties box was baseball star Lou Gehrig in 1934. Since then, Wheaties has showcased athletes from nearly every sport. Our "Hometown Teams: Sports Shape America" explores sport’s influence on American culture.

Our “Voices and Votes: Democracy in America” exhibition is a springboard for discussions about questions that continue t...
11/17/2020

Our “Voices and Votes: Democracy in America” exhibition is a springboard for discussions about questions that continue to impact Americans--what are the freedoms and responsibilities of citizens, whose voice will be heard and how they are reflected in local stories?

Congaree National Park
11/13/2020

Congaree National Park

The Smithsonian Water/Ways Exhibit is now open! The exhibit will be open daily from 9am to 4pm through January 13. Admission is free. Please note that if you plan on visiting on a Saturday or the day after Thanksgiving (Nov. 27), which are usually very busy days for the park, you will need to reserve free timed-entry tickets in order to see the exhibit. Hope to see you here! Learn more about the exhibit by visiting: https://www.nps.gov/cong/waterways.htm
South Carolina Humanities Museum on Main Street Friends of Congaree Swamp

Over the past century, we’ve learned that our access to clean, usable water is far from guaranteed. The cars, factories,...
11/13/2020

Over the past century, we’ve learned that our access to clean, usable water is far from guaranteed. The cars, factories, and agriculture of our industrial age have not been kind to our waterways. In 2009, an Environmental Protection Agency assessment revealed that 55% of our rivers and streams were suffering from pollution and considered to be in poor condition. That’s not even including our lakes, bays, gulfs, and oceans, into which we’ve dumped chemicals, waste, and plastic.

In #StoriesFromMainSt’s the final episode of season 1, we explore what people and communities are doing to save and protect our waterways. Listen to “Worth Saving” here: bit.ly/31YwGkP #MyWaterStory

In the 19th century, most Americans lived in rural areas. They built their lives around the work of harvesting what the ...
11/12/2020

In the 19th century, most Americans lived in rural areas. They built their lives around the work of harvesting what the land could produce— food, fuel and minerals crucial to a growing nation. Here, an American Indian woman harvests hops in Washington State, c. 1900.

Our "Crossroads: Change in Rural America" traveling exhibition offers small towns a chance to look at their own paths to highlight the changes that affected their fortunes over the past century.

Take a moment to observe #VeteransDay by reading these poignant reflections of men and women who participated in the Ira...
11/11/2020

Take a moment to observe #VeteransDay by reading these poignant reflections of men and women who participated in the Iraq and Afghanistan theaters.

To observe #VeteransDay, we will be sharing reflections of men and women who participated in the Iraq and Afghanistan theaters. The portraits and stories you’ll read are part of our “100 Faces of War” traveling exhibition.

If you’ve learned how to swim, you’ve learned how to turn off an instinctual panic signal, and in return your body will ...
11/09/2020

If you’ve learned how to swim, you’ve learned how to turn off an instinctual panic signal, and in return your body will let you exist underwater for one to two minutes at a time. We’re the only member of the great ape family who can do this!

In Ep. 5, “Over and Under,” of our #StoriesFromMainSt podcast listen to stories about going under and over—how we escape dry land and take to the water. Dive in here: bit.ly/31YwGkP. #MyWaterStory

11/05/2020

Our world is made of water and, so are we. Our #WaterWays exhibition takes a deep look at this essential component of life on our planet, which powers the environment’s engine & helps shape and sculpt the landscape. It also explores water as an important element in American culture.

Utah Humanities
11/04/2020

Utah Humanities

The "Water|Ways" exhibition moves to its second location in Utah, at the Kanab Heritage Museum, where you can see it from October 17 to December 13, 2020. Don't miss this traveling Smithsonian Museum on Main Street exhibition, along with the Museum's companion exhibition, "Water Right." These exhibitions and associated activities are free and open to the public!

See the schedule here:https://utahhumanities.org/images/centerheritage/docs/WWKanabPublicProgramSchedule.pdf

Water|Ways is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and Utah Humanities, and is touring in partnership with the Kanab Heritage Museum. The tour is part of Think Water Utah, a statewide collaboration and conversation on the critical topic of water presented by Utah Humanities and its partners. Learn more about the Think Water Utah project at www.utahhumanities.org

#WaterWays #ThinkWaterUtah #MyWaterStory #IdeasInAction #MuseumOnMainStreet #SmithsonianInstitution

Craving more educational resources about our democracy? Check out this Smithsonian Magazine article exploring “Inaugural...
11/04/2020
Inaugural Firsts

Craving more educational resources about our democracy? Check out this Smithsonian Magazine article exploring “Inaugural Firsts,” like the first inaugural parade and who had the longest address. Take a look at presidential inaugurations through time here, https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/inaugural-firsts-132224366/

When was the first inaugural parade? Who had the longest inaugural address? A look at presidential inaugurations through time

Looking for a little presidential history on this Election Day? Check out the National Portrait Gallery’s “American Pres...
11/03/2020

Looking for a little presidential history on this Election Day? Check out the National Portrait Gallery’s “American Presidents.” This online exhibition is the nation's only complete collection of presidential portraits outside the White House. https://bit.ly/2TPHBIv

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Monday, January 13 4:30PM at the Water/Ways Exhibit in Black Canyon City (Cañon Elementary School, 34630 S. School Loop Rd, Black Canyon City, AZ 85324) - Come learn about history of Maricopa Water District focusing on the time period from when the District filed for the Agua Fria River surface water rights in 1888 through the construction of Waddell Dam in 1928. Construction of the New Waddell Dam will also be briefly discussed. See the Smithsonian Water/Ways Exhibit at same location after the presentation. More at https://www.facebook.com/pg/blackcanyonheritagepark
Looking for information on the Thomaston, Ga tour