Water/Ways 2019-12-09T06:47:33-05:00

Smithsonian in Cambridge!

The Smithsonian Water/Ways wrapped up a successful six-week run in Cambridge on Nov. 30, but some of the local exhibit items from the “Water Moves Us” companion exhibit, including the video stories, still are available at sites throughout Dorchester County.


From above, Earth appears as a water planet 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 traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street program examines water as an environmental necessity and an important cultural element.

Water/Ways explores water’s effect on the landscape, settlement and migration, and its impact on culture and spirituality. It looks at how political and economic planning have long been affected by access to water and control of water resources.

Companion exhibit showcases Dorchester’s water story

If you live or play on the Chesapeake Bay, you know how important water is to the environment, the seafood industry, recreation and more. Dorchester County has received a Maryland Heritage Areas Authority Grant to develop a companion exhibit that focuses on Dorchester County’s unique water story.

The local exhibit, which shared space with the Smithsonian exhibit, showcased everything from the cockpit of a racing boat to a traditional oyster shucking table. Related events include a guided kayak tour, skipjack sails, art exhibits, live music, history talks and more! More than 30 partner organizations made the six-week exhibit and related programming possible (see right column).

Thank you

Water/Ways has been made possible in Dorchester County by Maryland Humanities and is part of Museum Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and State Humanities Councils nationwide. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress.

Water/Ways was adapted from an exhibition organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York, and the Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul, in collaboration with Great Lakes Science Center, Cleveland; The Field Museum, Chicago; Instituto Sangari, Sao Paulo, Brazil; National Museum of Australia, Canberra; Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada; San Diego Natural History Museum; and Science Centre Singapore with PUB Singapore

Thank you!
– to our partners who helped make Water/Ways a success

  • Cambridge Main Street
  • Dorchester Center for the Arts
  • Dorchester County Department of Tourism
  • Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area
  • Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce
  • Blue Oyster Environmental
  • Chesapeake Bay Foundation
  • Choptank River Lighthouse
  • Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge
  • Cambridge Yacht Club
  • Maryland Department of Natural Resources
  • Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center
  • Richardson Maritime Museum
  • Main Street Gallery
  • Blackwater Adventures
  • Dorchester Skipjack Committee
  • University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Horn Point Laboratory
  • Chesapeake College
  • Shore Rivers
  • Dorchester County Historical Society
  • Hoopers Island Oyster Co.
  • Poplar Home, LLC
  • Cambridge Powerboat Racing Association
  • Dorchester Seafood Heritage Association
  • WHCP Community Radio
  • Chesapeake Maritime Museum
  • Ronald Walker
  • Dorchester County Public Schools
  • Town of Vienna
  • Nanticoke Historic Preservation Alliance
  • Dorchester County Retired Educators Association
  • Jill Jasuta Photography
  • Midshore Graphics
  • Koski Enterprises
  • Yacht Maintenance