The Alabama River in Monroe County, Alabama.

Smithsonian Traveling Exhibits

Did you know AHA brings Smithsonian traveling exhibits to Alabama? In 2021-2022, we brought Water/Ways to communities statewide. Stay tuned for Crossroads in 2023-2024, highlighting change in rural America over the past century.

About Water/Ways

Traveling through five Alabama cities throughout 2021-2022, the Smithsonian exhibit Water/Ways dives deep into the role that water plays in the everyday lives of Alabamians. That includes how water:

-Connects us to nature
-Sustains life as we know it
-Nurtures our cities and our culture
-Unites or divides people and communities
-Affects how we live, work, worship, create, and play


Tour dates

Water Wise workshop

In 2022, we presented a SUPER Teacher workshop that flowed into our Smithsonian “Water/Ways” exhibit traveling Alabama.

The workshop helped Alabama teachers:
-Explore how Alabama’s waterways have shaped Alabama’s history
-Learn to use Google Earth in the classroom
-Visit the WPA levee on Whitewater Creek

Instructors included Jim Brown, Ph.D., retired historian (Samford University) and Bill Deutsch, Ph.D., retired aquatic biologist (Auburn University).

Teacher benefits included a $100 stipend, CEU credits, a tour of Water/Ways
at the Elba Theatre, and a copy of Dr. Deutsch’s book, Alabama Rivers.

A view of the Moundville site on the Black Warrior River in central Alabama.

Water/Ways in Alabama (2021-2022)

The Water/Ways Smithsonian exhibition traveled to five Alabama cities across 2021–2022, visiting Danville, Guntersville, Bessemer, Camden, and Elba. Thank you to all our partners for hosting and for bringing local water-related history to life!

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Coming in 2022-2023:
Crossroads: Change in Rural America

The Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street (MoMS) traveling exhibition, Crossroads: Change in Rural America, looks at remarkable 20th-century societal change and how rural Americans responded.

If your community is interested in hosting this exhibit, contact Laura Anderson at 205.558.3992 or