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Humanities Tennessee presents Water|Ways, a Museum on Main Street (MoMS) exhibit tour project in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution's Traveling Exhibition Service, and Tennessee State Parks. Water|Ways uses large-scale images, video, digital interactives, and artifacts to explore the relationship between human beings and water.

Water is an essential biological and natural resource for life on our planet. We encounter the impact of water everyday on our climate, our landscape--and our survival.

Water’s impact on humans is not just biological and environmental; it serves as a source of peace and contemplation. We cherish our connections to nature--the sights, the sounds, and the sense of place we feel at the water’s edge. Many faiths revere water as a sacred symbol. Authors and artists are inspired by the duality of water – a soft, graceful substance, and a powerful, nearly unstoppable force.

Consider the practical role of water in American society. Its availability results in everything from settlement and migration, to what we eat and drink, to how we work. Access to and control of water resources have long been paramount to political and economic planning. Human innovation provides ways of protecting water resources and renewing respect for the natural environment.

Humanities Tennessee is pleased to present Water|Ways in partnership with six Tennessee State Parks. The exhibit, following the courses of the Tennessee and Mississippi Rivers, enables Tennesseans to reflect on the significance of this vital element and their many connections to it. How does water affect the way we live, work, create, and play? How do we care for water, and how will we sustain it for the future? 

In addition to Water|Ways, each host park will offer a variety of public programs that explore related local history and current events. Join the conversation at the following locations:


Warriors Path State Park: 6/24/2017 - 8/6/2017

Hiwassee/Ocoee State Park: 8/12/2017 - 9/24/2017

Pickwick Landing State Park: 9/30/2017 - 11/12/2017

Johnsonville State Historic Park: 11/18/2017 - 12/31/2017

Reelfoot Lake State Park: 1/6/2018 - 2/18/2018

Meeman-Shelby State Park: 2/24/2018 - 4/1/2018 

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