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Exhibits at the Chapman Historical Museum

H2O: A History of Water

Washington.jpgOn exhibit October 19, 2017 to April 2018

How important is water today? What has it meant to people living in this region in the past? What role did it play in their lives? Water has become a hot topic as such communities as Flint, Michigan and Hoosic Falls, New York have had to deal with contaminated municipal water systems. Mandatory upgrades in water and sewer infrastructure challenge the stretched resources of many municipalities. Cleanups of industrial pollution are championed by some and questioned by others.

H2O examines the historical uses of water in the Glens Falls region from the mid-19th century, when people depended on private wells, to the present day. It explores the development of a municipal water supply after the Glens Falls fire of 1864, the transition from water power to electrical generators on the Hudson River, the role of the river and the Feeder Canal in transportation, and the controversies surrounding the topic of waste.

This exhibit is funded by grants from the Leo Cox Beach Philanthropic Foundation, the Waldo T. Ross & Ruth S. Ross Charitable Trust Foundation, the Touba Family Foundation and support from the City of Glens Falls and the Town of Queensbury.

Above: Detail from Washington (getting a drink of water) at Halfway Brook, August 1783 by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris. Glens Falls Insurance Company Collection