Six Michigan communities have been selected to host the Smithsonian’s traveling Water/Ways exhibit in 2018. Water/Ways is a unique exhibit that explores the essential role of water in our environment, economy, and society.

The Water/Ways exhibit will begin in June 2018 and close in April 2019, stopping at each site for a six-week period. Host sites will complement the exhibit with programming focused on the local history and information about water in each area.

A statewide Great Lakes-specific exhibit will also travel to each location as part of The Great Lakes Water Heritage Project, offered in partnership by the Office of the Great Lakes, Michigan Humanities Council, Cranbrook Institute of Science, Kalamazoo Nature Center, and Michigan State University. It will feature regional and local Great Lakes history, facts, and simple ways for people to practice everyday water stewardship.

The six host sites and dates of the exhibit are:

Beaver Island–Charlevoix County
Venue: Beaver Island Historical Society June 23 – August 5, 2018

East Jordan–Charlevoix County
Venue: Raven Hill Discovery Center August 11 – September 23, 2018

Big Rapids–Mecosta County
Venue: Artworks September 29 – November 11, 2018

Harrisville–Alcona County
Venue: Alcona Public Library November 17 – December 30, 2018

Niles–Berrien County
Venue: Niles Public Library January 5 – February 17, 2019

Owosso–Shiawassee County
Venue: Shiawassee Arts Center  February 23 – April 7, 2019