Coming to New York State
June 2019 - April 2020
A traveling exhibit designed by the
Smithsonian Institution's Museum on Main Street Program
What is Water/Ways?
The Smithsonian’s Water/Ways exhibition is an exploration of the connections between human beings and water—focusing on the environment, culture, and history.
New York State has more than 7,600 freshwater lakes, ponds, and reservoirs, as well as portions of two of the five Great Lakes, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Long Island Sound. Over 70,000 miles of rivers and streams flow within our state’s geographical boundaries. These waterbodies supply our drinking water; provide flood control to protect life and property; support recreation, tourism, agriculture, fishing, power generation, and manufacturing; provide habitat for aquatic plant and animal life; and inspire the human imagination.
Water also played a practical role in our state’s history. The availability of water affected settlement and migration patterns of all of New York’s peoples as a source of food, livelihood, and transportation.
Financial support for the New York tour of Water/Ways has been provided, in part, by Hadley Exhibits.
Email Erika Sanger to inquire about other sponsorship opportunities.
Who can host Water/Ways?
Water/Ways will travel to six small to mid-sized museums for six weeks each.
Water/Ways can be hosted by museums located in the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor with preference given to museums in the Western, Central, and Capital REDC regions, in the Hudson River National Heritage Area, in Suffolk County and in any city that makes a strong case for the importance of water to its history and cultural heritage.
Potential host sites can download the application here. Each site will be judged on it's ability to mobilize the resources of both the museum and it's community in order to develop programming, events, and exhibitions around Water/Ways and the corresponding themes of water explored in the exhibit.
Exemplary applications will include...
Tentative Tour Dates
Site 1 - June 29 (Saturday) - August 11 (Sunday)