Written by Dulce Kersting, Executive Director of Latah County Historical Society
Later this year the Latah County Historical Society, in collaboration with the City of Moscow, will bring to town an exciting new traveling exhibit curated by the Smithsonian Institution. Water/Ways, a project of the Museum on Main Street initiative, explores the incredibly diverse relationships that people have with water. How water has shaped our environment, how it influences cultures, how it provides for us, and how we find joy in water are all topics of exploration in this exhibit, which will be open to the public at the Third Street Gallery from December 9th, 2016 to January 22nd, 2017. Through the generous support of the Idaho Humanities Council, Water/Ways can be enjoyed at no charge to attendees.
Water/Ways is a part of the Smithsonian Institution’s larger, agency-wide initiative to promote water conservation through education. In that spirit, we are using this fantastic opportunity to host water focused programming throughout the year. If you have not had the chance to see the Palouse Watercolor Socius beautiful collection of paintings hanging in the McConnell Mansion, be sure to stop in before the end of July. Each piece conveys the inspirational power of water. On July 23rd children can learn the basics of watercolor from local artist Bobbi Kelly during a free workshop on the mansion lawn. And don’t forget to join us for our 41st Annual Ice Cream Social on Sunday, July 31st!
In August our friends at PCEI will help us with a water conservation workshop. On Saturday the 13th you visit their facilities to learn about best practices for reducing water waste in your home. Even more fun is planned in September with a free showing of the family-friendly film A River Runs Through It at East City Park on Friday the 9th. The next day you can join us for a bus tour that will examine the importance of water in shaping the history of Latah County. More information about all of these events can be found on our website, www.latahcountyhistoricalsociety.org.
LCHS extends its sincerest gratitude to the Moscow Food Coop for selecting our organization as July’s “Dime in Time” recipient. All funds raised through this effort will be used to provide bus stipends to school classes outside of Moscow for field trips to see Water/Ways at City Hall during its 6-week run. For many children (and adults), this exhibit will be their first opportunity to see the work of their national museum system in person. We believe that by removing some of the financial barriers for rural classes to visit Water/Ways, we are betting serving our mission to build good citizens, strong communities, and satisfying lives in Latah County.
If you’d like to learn more about this project, or about the Latah County Historical Society, please stop by our office at 327 E. Second Street, give us a call at (208) 882-1004, or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.