(Talk of the Town photo provided) A Smithsonian traveling exhibit has come to northern Indiana in partnership with the North Webster Community Public Library and The Watershed Foundation. The exhibit explores the effect of water on landscapes, communities, culture and spirituality. The exhibit in on display now through August 7, 2021, in North Webster.

From reports

An opening ceremony was held Saturday morning at the North Webster Community Public Library, marking the opening of the traveling Smithsonian exhibit at the library called “Water/Ways.”

The museum quality, interactive exhibit will be on display inside the library now through August 7 during normal library hours, plus two Sundays from 1 to 3 p.m. — July 11 and August 1.  Admission is free.

The exhibit explores water’s effect on landscapes, communities, culture and spirituality. In addition, two local companion exhibits will highlight the local area’s unique water story and history. In conjunction with the exhibit, a series of educational and interactive programs for adults and families will be offered that examines water’s impact on our lives and local environment. A list of programs can be found at www.nweb.lib.in.us/waterways/.

North Webster is the first stop on the exhibit’s six-community tour through Indiana. Water/Ways is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and Indiana Humanities Council to bring quality exhibits to rural area.

“We are proud to offer this Water/Ways exhibit to our community and surrounding neighbors,” said Beth Smith, adult services director of North Webster Community Public Library. “Water is a very large part of our community and having the opportunity to learn and share together helps us build connections within our community.  Partnering with The Watershed Foundation is a perfect union for us. We can’t wait to share this experience with everyone.”

“We are honored to have been selected by Indiana Humanities Council through a very competitive process, and we’re excited to partner with North Webster Library in this opportunity to showcase this exhibit and to share the story of our outstanding water resources and community.”

Lyn Crighton, executive director of the watershed foundation

The Watershed Foundation Executive Director Lyn Crighton agreed, “We are honored to have been selected by Indiana Humanities Council through a very competitive process, and we’re excited to partner with North Webster Library in this opportunity to showcase this exhibit and to share the story of our outstanding water resources and community.”

North Webster Community Public Library is located at 110 E. North Street in North Webster where the exhibit will be on display now through August 7 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. Additionally, the exhibit will be open from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sundays, July 11 and August 1. More information is available at www.nweb.lib.in.us or watershedfoundation.org.