As part of the Smithsonian Institution, Museum on Main Street (MoMS) is a unique alliance of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, state humanities councils, and cultural organizations in small, rural communities. The program’s exhibitions focus on broad topics of national history and give host museums the opportunity, with support from state humanities councils and guidance from state scholars, to create accompanying educational programs, cultural activities, and exhibitions that center on their local heritage. Exhibition support materials and “how to” training workshops are provided to venues hosting the exhibitions.
In 2018, the Mississippi Humanities Council will begin hosting “Water/Ways,” the newest Museum on Main Street exhibit. “Water/Ways” looks at the environmental, cultural, religious, and economic significance that water plays in society. Mississippi organizations interested in hosting the exhibit in their community should submit this application to the Mississippi Humanities Council.
Since 2001, the Mississippi Humanities Council has toured seven other MoMS exhibits including “Produce for Victory” (WWII America on the Home Front), “Key Ingredients” (America by Food), “Between Fences” (Boundaries, Borders and Bridges in America), “New Harmonies – Celebrating American Roots Music,” “Journey Stories” (Immigration, Migration and Settlement in America), “The Way We Worked,” and “Hometown Teams.”