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Smithsonian Water/Ways Exhibit

Get Involved

Raven Hill was chosen to host the national Smithsonian Museum on Main Street Water/Ways exhibit August 11 to September 23, 2018. In addition to the Smithsonian exhibit, a variety of water-related programs were presented by Raven Hill and local water, history and arts organizations over the course of the six-week exhibit. The Smithsonian Water/Ways Exhibit was a chance to highlight, for the community-at-large, the importance of northern Michigan’s water as a natural resource to be treasured  for its historical and cultural importance.  

There were countless ways to get involved at Raven Hill Discovery Center during Water/Ways. In addition to a variety of weekend events, including the Grand Opening, Alternative Boat Show & Community Mural Painting, Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra Open Air Concert and others, there were speakers talking about SCUBA, the Titanic, rain gardens, canoeing the Great Lakes and more. Classes and workshops were offered and participants went home with a painted paddles and wave paintings.  


  • Water/Ways in Pictures is a recap showing the variety of happenings that occurred during the Smithsonian Water/Ways Event.