Smithsonian seeks companion displays for upcoming Water/Ways exhibit

The director of the the Hyrum City Museum, Jami Van Huss resets a video of the Regattas that was held in the mid 1900's on the city's reservoir. Van Huss has a exhibit showing the different stages of the Hyrum dam construction to accompany the upcoming Smithsonian Water/Ways Exhibition .

HYRUM – The Smithsonian Water/Ways Exhibition is scheduled to be on display at the Hyrum City Museum from February 20 through April 10, 2021. Local organizations are looking for local displays to go along with it.

The Smithsonian Water/Ways Exhibition scheduled for the Hyrum City Library next year has wide display of artifacts and photos.

 The director of the the Hyrum City Museum, Jami Van Huss, and Lisa Duskin-Goede, coordinator for the Bear River Heritage Area, are seeking local companion exhibits to enhance the visitors‘ experience. They are currently soliciting individuals and organizations interested in hosting exhibitions and programs to tell their water story.

Lisa Duskin-Goede said she would like to invite interested parties to think about water stories related to you or your organization.

“The Smithsonian will help applicants learn to curate an exhibition,” she said.  “They will help you find a theme and train you from start to finish. If people want to learn how to do an exhibit this is a wonderful opportunity.”

Bear River Audubon Society has showed interest in a bird display of some kind. Duskin-Goede Is considering doing an exhibition on the historic bridges over the Bear River in Rich County.

 “Participating in Museum on Main Street in 2017 has had many positive long-term effects on the Hyrum Museum,” Van Huss said. “We were able to expand our exhibition space, develop a new exhibit that is more inclusive of our community, gain significant recognition and credibility, and it gave us the opportunity to network and develop important community partnerships.

“The last Smithsonian Exhibit served as a catalyst for continued growth and development, improvements to our capacity and sustainability, and many new collaborations that have already benefitted the community.

“We hope you will develop complementary exhibits, public programs and educational initiatives to increase understanding of what water means culturally, socially and spiritually in your community,” she said. “Some ways to get involved include exhibits, oral history projects, field trips, performances, art projects, readings, tours, service projects, presentations and story times.”

Utah Humanities selected the communities within the Bear River Heritage Area (BRHA) to host the traveling Main Street Program.

A patron at a recent visit to The Smithsonian Water/Ways Exhibition uses some interactive software as part of the presentation.

The Bear River Heritage Area consists of seven counties: Bear Lake, Caribou, Franklin, and Oneida in Idaho; and, Box Elder, Cache, and Rich in Utah.

It is a consortium that includes government organizations, business, academia, tourism, recreation, and areas that are dedicated to economic development through promotion and stewardship of the cultural and natural resources that are unique to this region.

For more information on building a presentation to go with the Water/Ways exhibit, contact Jami J. Van Huss at the Hyrum City Museum at 435-245-0280 or Lisa Duskin – Goede at 435-757-5420 at the Bear River Heritage Area.

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