New Water/Ways Exhibition Coming in May 2016


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Complete Schedule

May 28-July 9, 2016: Franklin Creek Grist Mill (in the Franklin Creek State Natural Area), Franklin Grove

July 16-August 27, 2016: Museum of the Grand Prairie, Mahomet

September 3-October 15, 2016: Lawrence County Historical Society, Lawrenceville

October 22-December 3, 2016: Valmeyer Community Heritage Society, Valmeyer

December 10, 2016-January 21, 2017: Science Center of Southern Illinois, Carbondale

January 28-March 11, 2017: Four Rivers Environmental Education Center, Channahon

Bounded by several of the most important rivers on this continent and one of the Great Lakes, Illinois has been influenced profoundly by water throughout its history.  A new Museum on Main Street exhibition, Water/Ways, will invite Illinoisans to consider the monumental significance of water in the human experience when it visits six communities in 2016-17.

Water/Ways will explore a variety of questions about the roles of water in the lives of individuals and communities:

  • How do Americans use water? How is water represented in our society? In what ways do we use water as a symbol?
  • How does water unite communities? How does conflict over water emerge, and how do communities resolve it?
  • How does water affect the ways in which we live, work, worship, create, and play?
  • How do we care for our water and protect the resource for the future?

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