From above, Earth appears as a water planet with more than 71 percent of its surface covered with this vital resource for life. Water impacts climate, agriculture, transportation, industry and more. It inspires art and music. The Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum, in cooperation with the Mississippi Humanity Council, will examine water as an environmental necessity and an important cultural element as it hosts “Water/Ways,” a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street (MoMS) program, a unique collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), state humanities councils across the nation, and local host institutions. To learn more visit www.museumonmainstreet.org. “Water/Ways” will be on view Saturday, December 8, 2018 through Saturday, January 19, 2019.

Water/Ways Special Programming

Saturday, December 8, 2018
Ag Museum Heritage Center
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Open to the public
Dr. James C. Giesen, Associate Professor at Mississippi State University, Executive Secretary of the Agricultural History Society, and State Scholar, will speak on three topics: post-Civil War farming and water, the 1927 Flood, and the effect of flood control on farming in the post-WWII period.

The talk will show the many ways that water and agriculture have gone hand-in-hand in Mississippi’s history, from the rise of independent black and white farmers after the Civil War, to the 1927 flood, to the glistening catfish ponds of the late twentieth century.

The NRCS of Mississippi will have its Soil Health Rainfall Simulator on site demonstrating the effects of conservation practices such as no-till farming, cover crops, residue management, and prescribed grazing effects that improve soil health and water cycling on agricultural land.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Ag Museum Heritage Center
10 a.m.
Open to the public
For this very special water focused Story Time with Uncle Story we will be reading The Great Big Water Cycle Adventure by Kay Barnham. Following story time we will have a special guest, Corey Wright, Conservation Educator and Naturalist with MS Museum of Natural Science, who will be bringing some aquatic animals for us to meet and learn about!

Saturday, December 15, 2018
Ag Museum Heritage Center
10 a.m.
Open to the public
Bobby Cleveland of the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District (The Rez) will speak about the history of the Ross Barnett Reservoir. Accompanying the talk will be a unique historic visual display created by The Rez. The display will remain on site in the Heritage Auditorium until Friday, December 21, 2018

Saturday, December 22, 2018
Ag Museum Heritage Center
10 a.m.
Open to the public
Corey Wright, Conservation Educator and Naturalist with the MS Museum of Natural Science, will present his Animal Encounter program featuring aquatic animals that are native to Mississippi.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018 – Saturday, January 5, 2019
Ag Museum Heritage Center
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Open to the public
Friends of the MS River Basin Model will be providing an Augmented Reality Sandbox, a hands-on sandbox exhibit combined with 3D visualization applications. Simply mold the sand by hand and the landscape comes to life! The sand is augmented in real-time with an elevation color map, topographic contour lines, and simulated water. The sandbox will be on display in the Heritage Center from Wednesday, December 26, 2018 – Saturday, January 5, 2019.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Ag Museum Heritage Center
10 a.m.
Open to the public
For this very special water focused Story Time with Uncle Story we will be reading Did A Dinosaur Drink This Water by Robert E. Wells. Following story time we will have a special craft that relates back to the book.

Saturday, January 12, 2019
Ag Museum Heritage Center
10 a.m.
Open to the public
Sarah McEwen, President of the Friends of the MS River Basin Model, will speak in the auditorium.

Saturday, January 19, 2019
Ag Museum Heritage Center
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (presentations every half hour)
Open to the public
Melissa Wells, MDEQ Nonpoint Source Education Outreach Coordinator, will share the Enviroscape Table with visitors. The Enviroscape Table provides a hands-on, interactive demonstration of the sources and effects of water pollution – and allows you to demonstrate ways to prevent it.