“Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.”
—W.H. Auden



Opening in June 2017

The Kansas Humanities Council is pleased to announce an exclusive Kansas tour of Water/Ways, a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution. Seven Kansas communities are hosting the Smithsonian exhibition for six weeks starting in June 2017.

Water/Ways focuses on the numerous relationships between people and water. How has water shaped our history and traditions? How does it impact our daily life? What does the future hold for water?

KHC sponsors Water/Ways in Kansas in partnership with Smithsonian Institution’s Museum on Main Street program, a one-of-a-kind cultural project that serves residents of rural America. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the US Congress.

For more information about the Water/Ways Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition tour, contact Tracy Quillin, associate director, at tracy(at)kansashumanities.org.

Water/Ways Smithsonian Exhibition Tour Schedule

Seven Kansas communities will host the Water/Ways Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition between June 2017 and June 2018:

  • Eudora Area Historical Society
  • Thomas County Historical Society, Colby
  • Boot Hill Museum, Dodge City
  • Hesston Public Library
  • Geary County Historical Society, Junction City
  • Symphony in the Flint Hills, Cottonwood Falls
  • Museum at Prairiefire, Overland Park

Click here for a full tour schedule.

Water/Ways Partner Sites

Nine Water/Ways Partner Sites extend the statewide conversation about water with local exhibitions and public programs exploring Kansas stories related to themes in the Water/Ways exhibition. Please note that the Smithsonian exhibition will not be on display at any Partner Site.

Click here for a full list of Water/Ways Partner Sites.

Water/Ways Catalog

Presentations and discussions about our shared human experiences with water. Click here for the Water/Ways Catalog.