Water/Ways, a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street (MoMS) opened on Saturday, July 9th. The exhibit will have weekly themes and special events through September 3rd. The exhibition is presented by the African American Cultural Society, Inc., in partnership with the Florida Humanities. Water/Ways is on view in their African American Museum and Cultural Center’s Founders Gallery located at 4422 N. US Hwy 1, Palm Coast Fla., 32110

The remainder of July’s Water/Ways events include:
Saturday, July 23, 3 PM to 5 PM – Beach Erosion: Mr. Carmello Morales, Stormwater Engineer, City of Palm Coast. As of 2021, more than 426.6 miles of this shoreline in Florida are critically eroded or worn down, or changed to “such a degree that upland development, recreational interests, wildlife habitat, or important cultural resources are threatened or lost. Morales will discuss this issue.Tuesday, July 26, 6 PM to 8 PM – Aquatic Ecology: Lauren Albury, Ecologist Aquatic ecology is the study of the plants and animals that live in our rivers and streams and their interactions. These organisms are very sensitive to changes in water quality. In a balanced ecosystem, water cycles through the atmosphere, soil, rivers, lakes, and oceans.Saturday, July 30th, 3 PM to 5 PM – What is an Aquifer? Laura La Beur, Education and Outreach Coordinator, Office of Communications, St. Johns River Water Management District will showcase an interactive demo weekly on the watershed.  She will speak about the Floridian Aquifer and other related topics.  The Floridan aquifer averages 1,000 feet thick, and freshwater can extend to a depth of 2,000 feet below the land surface.  Learn about the importance of this source of freshwater to Floridians and surrounding neighbors and how we affect it.Every Saturday, weather permitting, there will be a festival atmosphere from 11 – 5 PM with food trucks, Water Safety Classes, St. Johns Water Management watershed demos, and an occasional visit from the Flagler Sheriff’s marine boat division and fire department. See a real rescue boat or fire truck.  During the traveling exhibit’s stay in Flagler County, a museum docent will be on hand to give tours and answer questions about the Water/Ways exhibit. Tours are conducted in groups hourly, and lectures are two hours including the one-hour tour. Admission is free with a ticket.  Register in advance or at the door.The “Water/Ways” exhibition explores the endless motion of the water cycle—from water’s effect on landscape, settlement and migration, to its impact on culture and spirituality. Interactive stations in the exhibition provide visitors with opportunities to explore water from both scientific and cultural perspectives as well as encourage conversations about water’s enduring impact on our daily lives.For a detailed exhibition description, tour/speaker schedule, recurring activities, FREE tickets, volunteer  opportunities, and a complete list of sponsors and supporters visit aacspalmcoast.org and click“Don’t Miss Our Next Event”.“Funding for this program was provided through a grant from Florida Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.”
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