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Smithsonian exhibit on display in Franklin

A traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institute will make its home at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin through Aug. 24. 

The exhibit, “Water/Ways” explores the endless motion of the water cycle; water’s effect on landscape, settlement and migration; and its impact on culture and spirituality. It looks at how political and economic planning has long been affected by access to water and control of water resources. Human creativity and resourcefulness provide new ways of protecting water resources and renewing respect for the environment. 

The library was chosen by the N.C. Humanities Council as one of six North Carolina communities to host the exhibit from July 14 through April 25. Designed for small towns, “Water/Ways” will serve as a community hub to inspire conversations about water’s impact on American culture. The library is partnering with numerous local groups and individuals to develop a film and photographic tour of the Little Tennessee and its watershed, virtual and in-person public programs, and educational initiatives to raise people’s understanding about what water means culturally, socially and spiritually in their own community.

“Water/Ways” is part of the Smithsonian’s Think Water Initiative to raise awareness of water as a critical resource for life and is part of Museum on Main Street, a unique collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), state humanities councils across the nation, and local host institutions. To learn more about “Water/Ways” and other Museum on Main Street exhibitions, visit 

The Macon County Public Library is open by appointment 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. 828.524.3600.  

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