Saturday, May 25, 2019

Nebraska Prairie Museum Reports Smithsonian Water Exhibition Resounding Success

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WW PICWEBThe Nebraska Prairie Museum reports that its six week showing of the Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition “Water/Ways” was a resounding success.
The Nebraska Prairie Museum was expressly chosen by the Humanities Nebraska to host the exhibition as part of the Museum on Main Street project—a national/state/local partnership to bring exhibitions and programs to rural cultural organizations. “Water/Ways” is now on view at the Knight Museum and Sandhills Center in Alliance, Nebraska. The exhibition will continue to tour Nebraska with two more stops between now and April 7, 2019.
Through a selection of photographs, objects, film, audio and interactives, “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 have long been 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.
“We’re thrilled with the community’s reaction to ‘Water/Ways’,” said Patti Simpson. “By hosting a Smithsonian exhibition at our Museum, we were able to increase our attendance numbers and garner more exposure for all of the great projects and displays we have going on at the Nebraska Prairie Museum. We were not only able to host Water/Ways, but were also able to update our large meeting room with new carpet, paint, chairs, Wi-Fi, and cell phone booster. Hosting Water/Ways increased our attendance these past few weeks, and gave visitors a chance to see all of our other great displays and programs we offer. This experiences will help us build future program plans.”
The Nebraska Prairie Museum would like to extend special thanks to the Phelps County Community Foundation, the Phelps County Visitors Committee, AK-SAR-BEN Foundation, CNPPID, District Rotary, the Rotary Club of Holdrege, Tri-Basin NRD, the Donald & Florence Skallberg Endowment Fund, the Future Fund, Humanities Nebraska, Ken & Karen Stute, Nebraska Academy of Sciences, Inc., the Roy & Mary Pearson Charitable Fund, the Women’s Giving Group and all our many other donors and volunteers for their support and help making this project possible.
“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 institutions. To learn more visit www.museumonmainstreet.org, www.sites.si.edu.