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Smithsonian exhibit opens at Alcona County Library

(Photo Courtesy/Mike Beiermeister) Docents discuss the different panels in training for the opening of the Smithsonian's 'Water/Ways' exhibit.

Harrisville — The Smithsonian’s traveling museum exhibit ‘Water/Ways’ takes over the Alcona County Library’s Harrisville branch now until December 28.

The display features 5 world/national panels with interactive items all dealing with the importance of water on culture, life, ecosystem, etc. 3 of the panels focus on Michigan water and how the region utilizes their bodies of water. 1 panel is exclusively dedicated to Alcona County.

The process of getting the traveling museum to the library took just over a year with a grant application and a lot of persistence by the library administration. Now that it’s all put together, Library Director Denise Bearre can watch folks enjoy all of the hard work that went into bringing this spectacle to the sunrise side.

“It’s beautiful, a lot of good information on how people feel and use water… and history…and just all kinds of information,” laughed Bearre.

The library celebrated with a party Friday night, inviting speakers and folks to marvel at the new display. Docents were on hand to guide people through the exhibits and lead conversations with visitors. Only six sites in Michigan were selected to host the display.