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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.

Macon County Public Library, in co-operation with the North Carolina Humanities Council and local partners, will examine water as an environmental necessity and an important cultural element as it hosts “Water/Ways,” a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street (MoMS) program . “Water/Ways” will be on view beginning Tuesday, July 14th, 2020.

“Stories from Mainstreet” podcast

“Stories from Mainstreet” podcast is launching on 9/4/20! Episodes will debut every two weeks.

Smithsonian’s Stories from Main Street shares the authentic voices and stories of people from small towns and rural communities across the United States. The stories featured in these curated episodes are raw, and real, and provide a unique window into the ever-changing, multi-faceted and diverse nature of America. The first season takes inspiration from the many people who have shared stories during national tours of the MoMS exhibition Water/Ways. The episodes dive into an essential biological and natural resource of life—water. Listen to stories that reflect water’s impact on work and play, in agriculture and landscape, and in personal experience and memory.

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Water/Ways has been made possible in Macon County by the North Carolina Humanities Council.

Water/Ways is part of Museum on 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.