By Bridgette Waldau
WaterWays A Smithsonian Museum on Main Street Exhibit Comes To The Heartland Area!
Okeechobee will be hosting a unique Smithsonian exhibit the end of 2016 that celebrates the WaterWays throughout the United States. This traveling exhibit will make a stop in Okeechobee with the cooperation and support of Florida Humanities Council and the Smithsonian Museum on Main Street (MOMS) project. MOMS is a one of a kind cultural project that has been sharing the Smithsonian’s resources with rural America since 1994. It is a partnership of the Smithsonian and Florida’s humanities council that serves small town museums and cultural institutions and residents of rural America.
Heartland LIVING August September 2016
Okeechobee was chosen by the Florida Humanities Council to host this exceptional exhibit due to the history that the lake and community share. Lake Okeechobee is an integral part of Okeechobee, as well as the world’s waterways. Okeechobee’s history boasts of the importance of the lake and is the foundation for which the community was established. Due to their special relationship to this waterway Okeechobee was selected to be one of only six communities in Florida and one of only thirty-six communities throughout the United States to host this extraordinary Smithsonian exhibit. You may ask, “What is the Smithsonian? The Smithsonian is a federal institution with multiple museums scattered throughout Washington, DC. The Smithsonian Institution was founded in 1846 by an Act of Congress as "an establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge." Smithsonian Institution consists of 19 Museums and the National Zoo. There are over 150 affiliated museums in 39 states, Panama and Puerto Rico, and traveling exhibitions throughout America that visit over 100 museums every year. The Smithsonian Institution has 700 world-class scientists on staff and nine research centers around the globe. The total number of objects, works of art and specimens at the Smithsonian is estimated at nearly 137 million. The collections range from insects and meteorites to locomotives and spacecraft. The scope of artifacts is staggering—from a magnificent collection of ancient Chinese bronzes to the Star-
Spangled Banner; from a 3.5 billion-year-old fossil to the Apollo lunar landing module; from the ruby slippers featured in The Wizard of Oz to presidential paintings and memorabilia. Through a long-term loan program, the Smithsonian shares its vast collections and expertise with more than 161 affiliate museums around the country.
Published on Aug 1, 2016
Published on Aug 1, 2016
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