The Becker County Museum welcomes the Smithsonian's Water/Ways exhibit February 25 through April 9, 2017.
Water/Ways is a traveling exhibit and community engagement intitiative of the Smithsonian Institute's Museum on Mainstreet program. In Detroit Lakes, Water/Ways will also include We Are Water MN, a deep mapping exhibit/activity developed by the Minnesota Humanities Center and statewide partners. We Are Water MN raises awareness about the quantity and quality of Minnesota's water, connecting exhibit-goers to active water solutions. The exhibit includes stories from people reflecting on the meaning and experience of water in the state of Minnesota, stories from people local to our communities, and space for visitors to the exhibit to add their own water stories and images.
Our museum has already begun an exploration of water and its impact on local identity, history, and culture. With our local partnerships, we have created companion exhibits, community events, and educational programming for engagement within our schools and communities. Our monthly Brown Bag Lunch series has provided a peek into our Becker County water impact with speakers from our local water agencies including the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Becker County Soil & Water, Minnesota Energy Resources, and Department of Natural Resources. Museum display areas are being partnered with our local schools, youth groups, and our local branch of the International Water Institute to bring a child's eye view of water from our next generation of water keepers. Our Family Days will begin to include fun (and functional!) water-themed arts and activities. Our daily lives and local economy revolve around water. The Water/Ways exhibit in February will help remind residents and visitors how the history of our lakes, rivers, and streams has influenced our people and culture in the past and of the need to preserve our water for future generations to come.