Smithsonian Exhibit Comes to Calvert

     Calvert County is the latest stop for the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service’s Water/Ways exhibit. The show, which has already made stops in Cambridge and Crisfield, explores the centrality of water in our lives: its effect on the environment and climate, its role in agriculture and economic planning and its impact on culture.

     The exhibit includes photographs, touchscreen kiosks, interactive models and an iPad that runs a visualization tool called WaterSim.

     The installation is part of Museum on Main Street, a unique collaboration between the Smithsonian, Maryland Humanities and Calvert Library. Each town on the tour contributes a companion exhibit of its own about water’s impact on local communities, plus hosts public programs to raise people’s understanding of what water means in their own community.

     Visitors to the Prince Frederick library will experience Calvert’s local water story as told through video, music and poetry, courtesy of special guests and activities. 

     “We have artwork created locally around the theme of water,” says Robyn Truslow, public relations coordinator for the library. “Aso we are asking visitors to create poetry based on the artwork. We are already receiving submissions and plan to post them for others to enjoy.”

     An author talk, guest lectures, gardening workshops and field trips are planned in conjunction with the exhibit.

Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street (MoMS) program, Water/Ways

      The kickoff for Water/Ways is Jan. 25 (10am-noon) and includes music by acapella group Patuxent Voices and Maryland’s Poet Laureate Grace Cavalieri and a reception sponsored by Friends of Calvert Library. The exhibit runs thru March 6. For more information and full schedule, check CBM Bay Weekly’s 8 Days a Week and visit