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The Smithsonian’s Water/Ways exhibition dives into water--an essential component of life on our planet, environmentally, culturally, and historically.

In societies across the globe, water serves as a source of peace and contemplation. Many faiths revere water as a sacred symbol. Authors and artists are inspired by the complex character of water – a substance that is seemingly soft and graceful that is yet a powerful and nearly unstoppable force.

Water also plays a practical role in American society. The availability of water affected settlement and migration patterns. Access to water and control of water resources have long been a central part of political and economic planning. Human creativity and resourcefulness provide new ways of protecting water resources and renewing respect for the natural environment.


The Water|Ways tour in Virginia is co-sponsored by the Virginia Association of Museums and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.




The Virginia Tour:


May 27, 2017 – July 9, 2017:

Virginia Living Museum

Newport News, VA


July 15, 2017 – August 27, 2017:

Menokin Foundation

Warsaw, VA


September 2, 2017 – October 15, 2017:

Cape Charles Historical Society

Cape Charles, VA


October 21, 2017 – December 3, 2017:

Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia

Staunton, VA


December 9, 2017 – January 21, 2018:

Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum

Winchester, VA


January 27, 2018 – March 11, 2018:

Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center

Fredericksburg, VA



Thank You Conference 2018 Sponsors

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