The Niobrara National Scenic River (NSR), in cooperation with Humanities Nebraska, continues its exploration of water’s environmental and cultural impact as it hosts the local showing of “Water/Ways,” a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition. “Water/Ways” will be on view through August 3rd.
The Niobrara NSR Visitor Center and the surrounding community was expressly chosen by the Humanities Nebraska to host “Water/Ways” as part of the Museum on Main Street project—a national/state/local partnership to bring exhibitions and programs to rural cultural organizations.
“Water/Ways” explores the endless motion of the water cycle, water’s effect on landscape, settlement and migration, and its impact on culture and spirituality. It looks at how political and economic planning have long been affected by access to water and control of water resources.
Kristen Maxfield, Chief of Interpretation and Education for the Niobrara NSR stated, “We’ve seen an increase in visitors, and we are seeing local groups come in, as well. People are coming from as far away as Lincoln to see the exhibition and visit the community.
The Niobrara NSR Visitor Center is located at 214 West Highway 20 in Valentine. It is open from 8:30-4:30, seven days a week during the summer. Call 402-376-1901 for more information.