Smithsonian Institute Exhibit Water/Ways Coming to Oxford


Water/Ways, a Smithsonian Museum on Main Street traveling exhibit will be in Oxford beginning July 13.  Organizations all across Maryland competed for the chance to host this traveling exhibition and the Oxford Museum was one of only six communities awarded the special opportunity.

From above, Earth appears as a water plant with more than 71 percent of its surface covered with this vital resource for life.  Water impacts climate, agriculture, transportation, industry and more. It inspires art and music. The Water/Ways exhibit examines water as an environmental necessity and an important cultural element.  Many faiths revere water as a sacred symbol. Authors and artists are inspired by the complex character of water.  It also plays a practical role in American society. The availability of water affected settlement and migration patterns and access and control of water resources have long been a central part of political and economic planning. 

“The Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries are such a critical part of the Eastern Shore’s life and culture that we are thrilled to bring Water/Ways to our community,” said Museum President, Stuart Parnes.  “Together with many regional partners, we will also be presenting a range of public programs to compliment the Smithsonian’s exhibit.”  Two companion exhibits are currently on display at the Oxford Museum’s home location at 101 South Morris Street: “Carrying On – Four Centuries on the Oxford Bellevue Ferry and A Rising Tide in the Heart of the Chesapeake Bay.”

Water/Ways is the sixth Museum on Main Street project brought to small communities through the state by Maryland Humanities.  It will be on exhibit in Oxford at St. Paul’s Holiness Pilgrim Church, 225 S. Morris Street, for five weeks from July 13 to August 24.  Open hours for both this special exhibit and those at the Oxford Museum are Friday through Monday from 10 am. to 4 pm.

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