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Smithsonian Water/Ways

November 19, 2016 @ 8:00 am - January 1, 2017 @ 5:00 pm

We are proud to announce that ACNW will host the Smithsonian’s “Museum on Main Street” traveling exhibit Water/Ways from November 19th, 2016 to January 1st, 2017. Sandstone is one of 6 small towns and Minnesota is one of 5 initial states chosen by the Smithsonian to participate in this new touring exhibit. This exhibit will begin in the New London/Spicer region in June, the first of just six greater MN communities selected through a competitive process last year. Major state sponsors include the MN Humanities Center and MN Pollution Control. The Sandstone area was represented in an application by ACNW in partnership with the North Woods & Waters of the St. Croix Heritage Area. Four large presentation panels from the Smithsonian, as well as companion exhibits contributed by MN Pollution Control and a story-telling kiosk assembled by the MN Humanities Center, will be on display in our Crosby Lounge for the duration of the exhibit.

In addition to the physical exhibit, this project invites connections between residents and visitors who celebrate shared heritage and a love of our waterways. Our goals are to celebrate our relationship with water and to strengthen community understanding of our regional water resources in a region where water is sometimes taken for granted. The exhibits will highlight personal stories and emphasize our common responsibility for and dependence on the safety of water, now and for future generations.

Corresponding events will help citizens of all ages better understand the history of the St. Croix Watershed. From the Ojibwe Prophecy to go to the place where food grows on water to the ways in which our rivers provided transportation through the fur trade, lumber, and immigration eras, our rivers have been a vital life source for all human time in the watershed.

This unique opportunity also will build partnerships across the region. Agencies, organizations, clubs, businesses, and individuals will mutually examine and share information about the non-renewable nature of our water resources as well as sustainability practices throughout the watershed. Many volunteers and organizations have already committed their time and energy to this giant effort. Partners include groups representing the arts, education, natural resources, local municipalities, and our cultural heritage.

This project can help communities contemplate the kind of future we wish to have for generations to come. We are fortunate to live in a region where water is abundant. It is in our hands to cherish and protect it.

Learn more at the:

Smithsonian WaterWays

Grand Opening – Saturday, Nov. 19 from 3- 5 pm 
Refreshments, opening remarks by elected officials, and ribbon cutting ceremony.

Exhibit Hours:

Saturday, Nov. 19 – 9 am-7 pm
Sunday,  Nov. 20 – 9 am-7 pm
Monday, Nov. 28 – 8 am-4:30 pm
Tuesday, Nov. 29 – 8 am- 8 pm
Wednesday, Nov. 30 – 8 am- 4:30 pm
Thursday, Dec. 1 – 8 am-8 pm
Friday, Dec, 2 – 8 am-4:30 pm
Saturday, Dec. 3 – 10 am-5 pm
Sunday, Dec. 4 – 10 am-3 pm
Monday, Dec. 5 – 8 am-4:30 pm
Tuesday, Dec. 6 – 8 am-8 pm
Friday, Dec. 9 – 12 pm-4:30 pm
Saturday, Dec. 10 – 10 am-5 pm
Sunday, Dec. 11 – 10 am-3 pm
Monday, Dec. 12 – 8 am-4:30 pm
Tuesday, Dec. 13 – 8 am-8 pm
Wednesday, Dec. 14 – 8 am-4:30 pm
Sunday, Dec. 18 – 10 am-3 pm
Wednesday, Dec. 21 – Noon-8 pm
Thursday, Dec. 22 – 8 am-8 pm
Thursday, Dec. 29 – Noon-8 pm
Friday, Dec. 30 – 10 am-4:00 pm
Saturday, Dec. 31 – 10 am-9 pm

Especially meaningful during an era in which water is having a profound impact on American culture and life, this exhibit examines water as an environmental necessity and important cultural element in today’s world!

Water/Ways explores the endless motion of water on Earth’s surface, below ground, and in the atmosphere, and it illustrates its effect on landscape, settlement, migration, and even spirituality.



November 19, 2016 @ 8:00 am
January 1, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
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