A traveling exhibit exploring Minnesotans’ emotional connections with water will be on display at the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County (HCSCC) from March 13 through June 17. “We Are Water Minnesota” employs a variety of multimedia and hands-on displays to both inform viewers and celebrate the role of water in what makes Minnesota such a special place.
The HCSCC is located in Moorhead, Minnesota on the banks of the Red River of the North. In partnership with the Moorhead-based nonprofit River Keepers, they will create a series of panels about Moorhead’s history related to water water and ecology of the Red River watershed to accompany the We Are Water MN exhibit.
The Red River Valley is the defining feature of Northwest Minnesota. It is a low gradient plain with poorly drained silty and clayey soils. Historically a tallgrass prairie, the valley is the flattest, driest, most fire-prone region of Minnesota. It is also prone to seasonal and event-based flooding.
From fishing to farming to flooding, there are many water stories to tell in Moorhead. Listen to stories from parents, children, fishers, famers, indigenous Minnesotans, immigrants to Minnesota, water professionals, and people who just love to be out on the water. Visitors can add their stories to the exhibit and read each other’s.
The museum is also host to The Hjemkomst Viking Ship, which was built in Moorhead in the 1970s and modeled after a historic Norwegian Viking ship. A crew of 12 sailed the Hjemkomst from Duluth to Norway in 1982. The ship is on display at the Hjemkomst Center in Viking Ship Park.
Explore the river and region when you visit
- Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County: www.hcscconline.org
- Buffalo River State Park: www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks
- Places to stay, things to do: www.fargomoorhead.org and www.exploreminnesota.com
More about We Are Water MN
We Are Water MN was created by the Minnesota Humanities Center, in partnership with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Minnesota Historical Society, and Minnesota Departments of Natural Resources, Health, and Agriculture. Parts of it have appeared at the Minnesota State Fair and Minnesota Capitol. The exhibit will go on tour across Minnesota, appearing at eight locations into 2019.