Now On Display at NCHS August 13 – September 25, 2016! LakeHallettFBpic

Minnesota is the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Water is a part of our identity, our culture, and our history. Water/Ways, a new and exciting exhibition and community engagement tool from the Smithsonian’s ‘Museum on Main Street’ (MoMS) initiative in partnership with the Minnesota Humanities Center, is on display now at the Treaty Site History Center in St. Peter. The initiative is designed to reconnect Minnesotans to our water and the need to become more actively involved in its protection by using, in addition to science, the tools of story, history, faith, ethics, and the arts.

River PaddleWater/Ways reveals the central nature of water on our lives by exploring how Americans use water, how water unites communities, how water affects every element of life, and how Americans care for our water and protect this valuable resource for the future.



Companion Exhibits

The Nicollet County Historical Society was chosen to represent the Saint Peter region as its host site. Water/Ways will be on display for six weeks starting on August 13. Alongside Water/Ways will be the following companion exhibits: We Are Water MN, River Valley Relfections: Our Enduring Water, & Water Rights.

wearewatermnWe Are Water MN is an interactive story collecting exhibit that focuses on individuals’ relationships with and responsibilities to water. The exhibit includes stories from people reflecting on the meaning and experience of water in Minnesota, stories from local people from each host site community, and space for exhibit visitors to add their own stories and images.
rivervalleyreflectionsThe Nicollet County Historical Society has developed and created River Valley Reflections: Our Enduring Water to tell these stories. The exhibit includes a timeline and storyline of water stories across the region through text, narrative, and imagery that was created in partnership with local water experts and enthusiasts.
waterrightsWater Rights by Kay Herbst Helms
“Through my photography and the written word I hope to inspire positive action for this precious resource.  A right to clean water and a healthy water cycle are essential to everyone and to the life cycle of our planet.  This exhibit celebrates water and some of the people who are helping to protect our water rights now and for generations to come.”

Sneak Peek Video!

Our relationship with water is deep and enduring. Catch this sneak peek into the newest Museum on Main Street exhibition, “Water/Ways” which explores our cultural and environmental connections to water. Coming August 13 – September 25 to the Treaty Site History Center in St. Peter, MN!

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Valued Sponsors

NCHS greatly appreciates the support of our sponsors! It is through their commitment that we’re able to continue to bring you quality programs and exhibits.

Opening Reception Sponsor






Champion Sponsor

Marie Dranttel, CPA

Advocate Sponsor

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WaterWays Partners