Water is the most vital resource for life on Earth; no living thing exists without it. “H2O Today”—a new exhibition at the Greeley History Museum in Greeley, Colorado—examines the diversity and challenges of global water sources and promotes conversation, creativity, and innovation through art, science, and technology. Organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), the exhibition will be available locally from Saturday, September 2 through Sunday, May 20, 2018.
“H2O Today” dives into what it means to live on a planet where 71 percent of the surface is covered in water, yet less than three percent is drinkable. The exhibition highlights the crucial role it plays in daily life through water power, industry, agriculture, and home use. Visitors will learn the effects climate change, population growth, and pollution have on the water cycle and weather patterns as well as the creative ways people around the world are tackling the challenges of water shortages and pollution.
Local artifacts on display include items related to the Greeley Ice and Storage Company and a water clock used to measure water levels at the head gate for Union Colony Ditch No. 3. Visitors will also have an opportunity to learn about irrigation and use an example treadle pump to see how the pump moves water.
The “H2O Today” exhibition is part of the Smithsonian’s Think Water Initiative, intended to raise awareness of water as a critical resource for life through exhibitions, educational resources, and public programs. The public can participate in the conversation on social media at #thinkWater.
“H20 Today” was adapted by SITES from an exhibition organized by the American Museum of Natural History in New York City and the Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul, in collaboration with Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland; the Field Museum in Chicago; Instituto Sangari in Sao Paulo; National Museum of Australia in Canberra; Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Canada; San Diego Natural History Museum; and Science Centre Singapore with PUB Singapore.
The exhibit is sponsored locally by the Cache la Poudre River National Heritage Area and the 501(c)3 non-profit management entity of the heritage area, the Poudre Heritage Alliance.