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Exhibits at the Chapman Historical Museum

A Traveling Exhibit


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November 23 to January 5, 2020

From above, Earth appears as a water planet with more than 71 percent of its surface covered with this vital resource for life. New York State alone has more than 7,600 freshwater lakes, ponds, and reservoirs, as well as portions of two of the five Great Lakes, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Long Island Sound. Over 70,000 miles of rivers and streams flow within the state’s geographical boundaries.

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Designed for small-town museums, libraries and cultural organizations, the Smithsonian tyraveling exhibit Water/Ways serves as a catalyst to initiate local conversations about water’s impact on American culture. The exhibit explores the endless motion of the water cycle, water’s effect on landscape, settlement and migration, and its impact on culture and spirituality. It also looks at how political and economic planning have long been affected by access to water and control of water resources. 

The Chapman Museum is collaborating with the Folklife Center of Crandall Public Library; Lakes to Locks Passage; RiverKeeper and other organizations to present local exhibits and public programs to complement the Smithsonian exhibition.  Local exhibits will include video shorts from the 2019 Folklife Center’s Lake George On the Water video project, Mark Wilson’s political cartoons about water quality issues in New York, and The Champlain Waterway, a display developed by Lakes to Locks Passage.

Families: There are water-based hands on activities and a scavenger hunt for kids.

Tenders hut Fort Miller web.jpgWater/Ways is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and state organizations across the nation. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress. Water/Ways was inspired by an exhibition organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York.

The New York tour of the Water/Ways exhibition was organized by the Museum Association of New York. The exhibition and programming were made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, Hadley Exhibits, Inc., the New York State Canal Corporation, the William G. Pomeroy Foundation, the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Corridor.


FLC web.jpgThe museum is collaborating with The Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library on a series of programs that support the Water/Ways exhibition and Can We Save the Queen? in the Folklife Gallery, on view Nov. 23, 2019 to Jan. 45, 2020.

Folk Art programming is sponsored by New York Folklore, and supported by the New York State Regional Economic Development Initiative, a program of Governor Andrew M Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the National Endowment for the Arts. The project is funded locally by grants from the Charles R. Wood Foundation, the Leo Cox Beach Philanthropic Foundation, the Waldo T. & Ruth S. Ross Charitable Trust, the City of Glens Falls and the Town of Queensbury.

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Top: Fishing on the Chattahoochee River, Ga. Photo by Steve Harwood

Below: Lock Tender's Hut on the Champlian Canal, Fort Miller, NY, late 19th C.  Chapman Collection


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