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Visit the Smithsonian Institution in Florida!

Join Florida Humanities in welcoming the Smithsonian Institution to Florida in 2021–2022 for an exciting statewide tour of their “Water/Ways” exhibition. “Water/Ways” is part of the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street program that brings traveling exhibitions and engaging public programs to small towns across the country. With its impassioned focus on local history, education and community redevelopment, Museum on Main Street is one of the Smithsonian’s most inspirational and enduring outreach programs.

The “Water/Ways” exhibition explores the endless motion of the water cycle—from water’s effect on landscape, settlement and migration, to its impact on culture and spirituality. Interactive stations in the exhibition provide visitors with opportunities to explore water from both scientific and cultural perspectives as well as encourage conversations about water’s enduring impact on our daily lives. To complement the exhibit, each exhibition venue will also host a variety of engaging virtual and in-person programs that explore how water has shaped the history and heritage of their own communities.

Join us in one of the following seven communities to experience “Water/Ways” near you!

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Touring Florida June 2021 - September 2022

June 26-August 21, 2021
Citrus County Historical Society (Citrus)
August 28-October 23, 2021
Apalachicola Arsenal Museum (Gadsden)
October 30, 2021 - Jan 1, 2022
MidFlorida Credit Union Event Center (St. Lucie)
January 8-February 26, 2022
Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center (Palm Beach)
March 5-April 30, 2022
Barron Library (Hendry)
May 7-July 2, 2022
Amelia Island Museum of History (Nassau)
July 9-September 3, 2022
African American Cultural Society (Flagler)

“And what can I say about the communities that host our exhibitions? Unbelievable, truly. We’re so humbled by the sense of teamwork, volunteerism, and local pride that comes to fruition at small museums, libraries and community centers. The American spirit is alive and thriving in these towns, and we are honored to inspire it.”

—Carol Harsh, Director, Smithsonian Institution Museum on Main Street program

“And what can I say about the communities that host our exhibitions? Unbelievable, truly. We’re so humbled by the sense of teamwork, volunteerism, and local pride that comes to fruition at small museums, libraries and community centers. The American spirit is alive and thriving in these towns, and we are honored to inspire it.”

—Carol Harsh, Director, Smithsonian Institution Museum on Main Street program

Museum on Main Street Creating Impact in Florida 2012-2021

$334,000 total federal and state dollars invested by Florida Humanities in local programming

$1.1 million total local funds leveraged to match Florida Humanities support

186,000+ exhibition visitors

60% average attendance increase over the previous year

Less than 20,000 average population size of host communities

57 exhibition tours in 33 counties

Museum on Main Street: Creating Impact in Florida 2012–2021
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