The Water/Ways exhibitions traveled to six sites throughout New Jersey in 2019-20.
MUSEUM ON MAIN STREET

What is Your Water Story?

The great state of New Jersey is shaped by water, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Raritan River, Lake Hopatcong to the Delaware Bay. Our lives are shaped by water too. From recreation and travel (ever spent time at the Jersey shore?), water management and infrastructure (ever flushed a toilet?), to economic impact and transportation (ever purchased something from overseas?), it’s part of our every day—just like turning on the faucet.

STATEWIDE COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS

Throughout 2019 and 2020, NJCH hosted hour-long public discussions in every county of the state to capture stories about the different ways water matters to New Jerseyans. Participants contributed their water stories to a statewide public archive documenting personal connections to water and waterways in New Jersey.

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WHAT MOTIVATED NEW JERSEYANS TO JOIN THE CONVERSATION?

  • Your voice matters! Contribute your water story to the archive for future generations.
  • No preparation needed, all are welcome to share or listen.
  • Explore the connective role of water among diverse New Jersey communities.
  • We rarely dedicate time and space to dive into dialogue about our most vital resource.
  • Documentation of what water sources we value is critical for ensuring their protection.
  • Everyone has a water story. What’s yours?

At NJCH, we believe that everyone should have access to humanities programming. Based on your organization and desired topics/formats, we offer programs—often subsidized by our federal and corporate funding—so that you can bring high quality humanities programs to your audiences.