Smithsonian exhibit opens in Oxford

“Water/Ways,” a Smithsonian Museum on Main Street traveling exhibit, is in Oxford through Aug. 24.

OXFORD — “Water/Ways,” a Smithsonian Museum on Main Street traveling exhibit, is in Oxford through Aug. 24.

Organizations all across Maryland competed for the chance to host this traveling exhibit, and the Oxford Museum was one of only six communities awarded the special opportunity.

From above, Earth appears as a water planet with more than 71% of its surface covered with this vital resource for life. Water impacts climate, agriculture, transportation, industry and more. It inspires art and music. The “Water/Ways” exhibit examines water as an environmental necessity and an important cultural element.

Many faiths revere water as a sacred symbol. Authors and artists are inspired by the complex character of water. It also plays a practical role in American society. The availability of water affected settlement and migration patterns, and access and control of water resources long have been central parts of political and economic planning.

“The Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries are such a critical part of the Eastern Shore’s life and culture that we are thrilled to bring ‘Water/Ways’ to our community,” Oxford Museum President Stuart Parnes said. “Together with many regional partners, we will also be presenting a range of public programs to compliment the Smithsonian’s exhibit.”

Two companion exhibits are on display at the Oxford Museum at 101 S. Morris St. — “Carrying On: Four Centuries on the Oxford Bellevue Ferry” and “A Rising Tide in the Heart of the Chesapeake Bay.”

“Water/Ways” is the sixth Museum on Main Street project brought to small communities through the state by Maryland Humanities. It is on exhibit at St. Paul’s Holiness Pilgrim Church, 225 S. Morris St. Open hours for this special exhibit and those at the Oxford Museum are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Monday.

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