The Brownsville Historical Association is proud to present Water/Ways, a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian Institute’s Museum on Main Street Program, which will be on display from September 21 – November 6, 2021 at the Historic Alonso Building. You can visit the exhibit Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Water/Ways features a selection of photographs, objects, film audio and interactives to explore the endless motion of the water cycle, water’s effect on landscape, settlement and migration, and its impact on culture and spirituality. The exhibition looks at how political and economic planning have been affected by access to water and control of water resources. Designed for small-town museums, libraries and cultural organizations, Water/Ways will serve as a community catalyst to spur conversations about water’s impact on American culture. The exhibition will travel to six sites across the state of Texas over a one-year period.
The BHA will be the only organization to receive the Smithsonian traveling exhibition in Deep South Texas. Before arriving at the BHA’s Alonso Building, it will have traveled to the Brazos Valley African American Museum in Bryan, Texas and the Chisholm Trail Heritage Museum in Cuero, Texas. After its time at the Association, it will later be installed at Midland College in Midland, Texas; University of Texas–Permian Basin in Odessa, Texas and the Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens in El Paso, Texas.
The BHA has also developed public programs to deepen people’s understanding of what water means culturally and socially in our region. All programs will be hosted at the Historic Alonso Building located at 510 East Saint Charles Street, Brownsville, Texas (unless otherwise noted).
For more information about Water/Ways, please visit www.museumonmainstreet.org or https://brownsvillehistory.org/.