SITES’ Museum on Main Street (MoMS) program is turning 20!
It’s hard to believe that it’s been two decades since the Smithsonian and state humanities councils joined forces to create exhibitions specifically designed to serve the needs of small and rural museums and cultural organizations. After 20 years of grand openings, incredible local exhibitions, challenging discussions on timely topics, tens of thousands of student visits, and more volunteer hours that we can count, MoMS remains committed to its core purpose—helping museums in small communities focus attention on their local history and culture. MoMS does this by combining Smithsonian exhibitions with the expertise of state humanities councils and the passion and creativity of local museums.
MoMS has produced nine exhibitions so far (with many, many copies of those in circulation) and has served 47 states (plus Guam). That's more than 1,200 host communities.
The program's newest initiative is called Water: Resource for Life, scheduled to debut in Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Minnesota and Wyoming in 2016. Water is part of a larger Smithsonian initiative on the importance of this essential resource, and we’re now working to secure funding for an array of educational programs that will allow participating states to expand the focus of the exhibition for communities of all sizes. Potential programs include: a “do-it-yourself” exhibition that can be fabricated by larger museums to broaden and customize the discussion of water, digital education and badging, and linking Smithsonian experts with state and local programming.
Want to wish MoMS a happy b-day? Visit their Facebook page and post your thoughts on the anniversary.