Museum on Main Street (MoMS) brings the Smithsonian to small towns across America.

2016 Exhibit: Water/Ways

Water is a critical resource. It sustains us, serves as a source of peace and contemplation and is revered by some as a sacred symbol. Authors and artists are inspired by the duality of water – a substance that may be solid, liquid, gas, seemingly soft and graceful or powerful with nearly unstoppable force. Availability of water affected settlement and migration; access to and control of water have long been a central part of our political and economic realities. 

Please join us in celebrating Water/Ways, an interactive traveling exhibit featuring water from the Smithsonian.  The Wyoming Water/Ways tour opened in Rock Springs in June 2016.  MoMS exhibits tour the state and Water/Ways will be hosted in four other Wyoming communities before closing in Sheridan in April of 2017. The Water/Ways exhibit is designed for small and rural museums, focuses on the relationships between people and water, and will include local exhibits and programming at each location.

Water/Ways Wyoming Tour Schedule:

June 27, 2016 – August 7, 2016   |   Western Wyoming College in Rock Springs   

August 13, 2016 –  October 2, 2016   |   Wyoming Pioneer Memorial Museum in Douglas

October 8, 2016 – December 4, 2016    |   Central Wyoming College in Riverton   

January 10, 2017 – February 19, 2017  |   Laramie County Library in Cheyenne    

February 25, 2017 – April 2, 2017  |   Sheridan College Library in Sheridan   

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Bring a Smithsonian Exhibit to Your Community

Museum on Main Street is a program of the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Service.  This collaborative partnership between the Smithsonian, state humanities organizations, and local hosts and their community partners brings world class exhibitions to small and rural communities.  When MoMS exhibits come to Wyoming communities, doors are opened to community history and culture, developing and strengthening local partnerships.  The opportunity to host the Smithsonian provides more than a quality educational experience. Through specially designed supporting programs and creative activities, MoMS exhibits become a hub for shared storytelling and revealing local pride. Focused on broad topics impacting American history and culture like barn architecture, fences, food ways, work, migration and water, MoMS exhibitions are organized around elements of our shared American experience, helping host organizations explore cultural attributes that bind us as a nation. The freestanding exhibitions containing original objects travel in easy-to-handle wheeled crates. Wyoming Humanities helps local organizers to prepare exhibit-related events with scholarly consultations, planning sessions, installation workshops and program support. Host organizations and partners develop local complementary exhibitions, festivities, and programs focused on the topic.

Opportunities for hosting MoMS exhibits are dependent on exhibit and funding availability. Organizations interested in learning about future MoMS exhibit tour opportunities should contact Sheila Bricher-Wade at sheila@thinkwy.org

Hosting organizations are required to make the exhibit available to the public for free throughout the time the exhibit is on display.  Host organizations must also participate in planning and installation workshops, include other community partners in planning, designing, developing, and implementing additional complementary programming and featuring a local exhibit.

Wyoming Humanities supports Museum on Main Street exhibits in five to six communities per exhibition, depending on exhibition agreement. 

Organizations willing to partner with other local organizations invest staff time into participation in both a planning and an installation workshop, collaborative development of complementary programming and a local exhibit should contact sheila@thinkwy.org to indicate your organization’s interest in learning more about the MoMS program.  We’ll publish information about future exhibit opportunities and send invitations for host applications when the next exhibition is booked.

Hosting organizations receive some additional program support funding, expenses related to staff participation in workshops, and Wyoming Humanities pays for moving the exhibit between communities. 

Organizations selected by Wyoming Humanities to host a MoMS exhibit will:

  • send two staff or representatives to an initial planning meeting with all host organization representatives (Wyoming Humanities pays mileage and per diem)
  • work collaboratively with partners within their communities to plan and develop a local exhibit and complementary programming
  • will keep track of time and funds invested for reporting purposes
  • will send two staff or representatives to installation workshop with all host organization representatives (Wyoming Humanities pays mileage and per diem)
  • will work collaboratively with partners within their communities to promote and showcase the MoMS traveling exhibit, the local exhibit, and complementary programming
  • will report on the impact of the exhibit tour on their community