Lanesboro is the next stop for the Smithsonian Water/Ways travelling exhibit January 7 through February 19. Lanesboro Arts, Commonweal Theatre Company, Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, Lanesboro Museum, and Friends of the Root River are partnering to develop and present dynamic local programs and engagement initiatives that will bring together the storyline of the Root River Watershed. These activities will run concurrently with the exhibits from the Smithsonian Institute and the Minnesota Humanities Center.
Location: Events Hall of Commonweal Theatre, 208 Parkway Ave N, Lanesboro
Dates: January 7 to February 19
Lanesboro story map
Explore this collection of stories about water to learn more about the community in and around Lanesboro.
January 7 begins with a “water blessing” ceremony at 3 p.m. at the Lanesboro Dam, followed by a 4 p.m. reception at the Lanesboro Arts Exhibition Gallery. The opening ceremony and ribbon-cutting will be at 7:30 p.m. at Commonweal Theater.
A host of special events are scheduled through February 19:
- Jan. 19 — fish snow sculpture
- Jan. 21 — candlelight snowshoe
- Feb. 4 — family sled dog day
- Feb. 16-18 — H2O Ten, eight short plays about water
The entire list is available on the Minnesota Humanities Center-Lanesboro Arts webpage. See a collection of Lanesboro water stories on the We Are Water: Lanesboro webpage.
Water/Ways is a traveling exhibition and community engagement initiative of the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum on Main Street program. In Minnesota, Water/Ways is led by the Minnesota Humanities Center in partnership with MPCA, Minnesota Historical Society, Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota Section of the American Water Works Association. Previously, the exhibit visited New London-Spicer, St. Peter, Red Wing, and Sandstone. The tour concludes February 25-April 9 in Detroit Lakes.