Smithsonian Water/Ways and Water Heritage Project to travel Michigan

Bookmark and Share
Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.
Beaver Island Ferry Landing

June 18, 2018

Smithsonian Museum on Main St. WaterWays

Discover the Great Lakes and world water with traveling museum exhibits

Water will take center stage in two exciting exhibits premiering in Michigan this week, brought by a partnership among the Michigan Office of the Great LakesMichigan Humanities Council, Cranbrook Institute of Science and Michigan State University.

The Smithsonian’s Water/Ways exhibit will travel across the state, featuring ways water intersects with our world’s environment, history, economy and culture.

The Michigan Water Heritage Project will travel with Water/Ways, adding a Great Lakes focus and sparking conversations with communities about why healthy waters matter. The exhibit is generously funded by a grant from the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation.

The exhibits will travel across Michigan and be hosted in six communities, premiering on Beaver Island June 23, 2018.

“It's really special to be able to host the Michigan premier of these exhibits in a community located in the heart of the Great Lakes,” said Lori Taylor-Blitz, Director of the Beaver Island Historical Society.  

The Beaver Island community is celebrating the exhibit with an opening event featuring keynote speaker Dave Dempsey, a noted Great Lakes scholar; a speaker series called “Picnic at the Point;” a Water/Ways Symposium; and a Beaver Island Pirate Party for children and the young at heart.  

Hop on the ferryboat to see the exhibits at the premiere, or mark one of the other locations on your calendar:

Beaver Island Historical Society
Beaver Island, MI
June 23 – Aug 5, 2018

Raven Hill Discovery Center
East Jordan, MI
Aug 11 – Sept 23, 2018

Big Rapids, MI
Sept 29 – Nov 11, 2018

Alcona Public Library
Harrisville, MI
Nov 17 – Dec 30, 2018

Niles Public Library
Niles, MI
Jan 5 – Feb 17, 2019

Shiawassee Arts Center
Owosso, MI
Feb 23 – April 7, 2019 

Contact Rachel Coale to learn more about the Water Heritage Project. 

The Office of the Great Lakes works in partnership with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

DNR logo