Water is an essential component of life on our planet – environmentally, culturally, and historically. What role does water play in your life? Think about your water/ways...
Water|Ways is a traveling exhibition created by the Smithsonian Institution. Utah Humanities is touring the exhibition to five communities around Utah in 2020-2021. Visit Water|Ways and enjoy local companion exhibitions and programming in Green River, Sevier, Kanab, Park City, and the Bear River Heritage Area!
Utah Tour Details
What's Your Water Story?
Water is life. It forms our world and our lives. It allows us to travel; it blocks our paths. It is crucial in determining where we live and work and what we eat and drink. It is an essential natural resource that people struggle to access and control. Water shapes human culture – our ways of life.
What does water mean to you? Think about your water/ways...
Highline Trail, Uinta Mountains, Utah. Image courtesy J. HIggins
"In the Southwest we tend to think our water scarcity challenges are unique. It was valuable to learn through the exhibition about how parts of the country with much more precipitation and surface water face shortages." – Exhibition Visitor
COMING TO A TOWN NEAR YOU!
Visit Water|Ways and participate in great local activities!
- June 27 – August 16, 2020 | John Wesley Powell River History Museum, 1765 Main Street, Green River, UT 84525, 435.564.3427
- August 22 – October 11, 2020 | Fremont Indian State Park Museum, 3820 Clear Creek Canyon Road, Sevier, UT 84766, 435.527.4631 with the Snow College Library - Richfield Campus
- October 17 – December 6, 2020 | Kanab Heritage House with the Kanab Heritage Museum, 13 South 100 East, Kanab, UT 84741, 435.644.3506
- December 12, 2020 – February 14, 2021 | Swaner Preserve & EcoCenter, 1258 Center Drive, Park City, UT 84098, 435.797.8943
- February 20 – April 10, 2021 | Bear River Heritage Area at the Hyrum City Museum, 50 West Main Street, Hyrum, UT 84319, 435.245.0208
Special thanks to the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, our statewide partner providing education outreach programming and training at each tour location.
As part of the exhibition tour, listen to a new #ThinkWaterUtah story each week on The Beehive Archive. Tune in on KCPW and Utah Public Radio, or stream the whole collection at our Utah Stories from the Beehive Archive website.
- STAY TUNED!
- January 27-28, 2020 | Museum on Main Street Water Ways Utah Team Program Planning Workshop, Richfield and Sevier
- August 12-13, 2019 | Museum on Main Street Water Ways Utah Team Orientation Workshop, Salt Lake City
- STAY TUNED!
Water|Ways has been made possible in Utah by Utah Humanities. Water|Ways is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and State Humanities Councils nationwide. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress.
Water|Ways was adapted from an exhibition organized by the American Museum of Natural History (New York) and the Science Museum of Minnesota (St. Paul), in collaboration with Great Lakes Science Center (Cleveland), Field Museum (Chicago), Instituto Sangari (Sao Paulo), National Museum of Australia (Canberra), Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto), San Diego Natural History Museum, and Science Centre Singapore.
The Utah tour of Water|Ways is presented by Utah Humanities in partnership with local exhibition hosts: John Wesley Powell River History Museum, Fremont Indian State Park Museum with Snow College Library - Richfield, Kanab Heritage House with Kanab Heritage Museum, Swaner Preserve & EcoCenter, and the Bear River Heritage Area in partnership with the Hyrum City Museum.
Many thanks to our vital partners and generous funders for their support of Water|Ways.