Water/Ways Events & Activities

Smithsonian’s Traveling Water/Ways Exhibit
Location: South Carolina Maritime Museum. Free admission. Donations appreciated. 

Water/Ways explores the centrality of water in our lives including its effect on the environment and climate, its practical role in agriculture and economic planning, and its impact on culture and spirituality. Water/Ways is part of Museum on Main Street, a unique collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), state humanities councils across the nation, and local host institutions.

North Inlet-Winyah Bay NERR, Coastal Carolina University, and Waccamaw ‘Riverkeepers, will have exhibits at the museum during Water/Ways.  Photographs commemorating our fishing industry will be presented by Vennie Deas-Moore.

Walk Georgetown’s beautiful Harborwalk and play SCMM’s water trivia game!  Read through each of the interpretative panels to find the answers!  Complete the game for a chance to win a gift certificate to one of Georgetown’s merchants!  Stop by the museum to pick up the trivia questions and begin the game.

Explore historic Front Street and learn about Georgetown’s relationship with water through the years.  Look for panels displayed in Front Street businesses and enjoy Georgetown’s history!

In celebration of hosting the Smithsonian’s Water/Ways exhibit, we hope you will join us via Zoom for these special History at Home presentations.  There is a small fee for each presentation.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 at 12pm | $5        REGISTER HERE >        
Georgetown Harbor in a Dynamic Coastal Environment – The Long Story of Keeping it Navigable
Presented by Till J.J. Hanebuth, Associate Professor, Department of Coastal & Marine Systems Sciences, Coastal Carolina University.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 at 12pm | $5       REGISTER HERE >    
National Estuaries Week: Celebrating Georgetown’s Estuaries and National Estuarine Research Reserve
Presented by Erik Smith, Manager, North Inlet-Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve; Research Associate Professor, Baruch Institute for Marine & Coastal Sciences, University of South Carolina

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3 at 12pm |  Special Zoom Presentation $10        REGISTER HERE>
Thomas Jefferson talks Water! The commission of the 1st Atlantic coastal survey, colonial waterways as the nation’s highways, and Lewis and Clark’s water discoveries
Presented by Steve Edenbo as Thomas Jefferson – actor, historical interpreter, educational/inspirational/motivational speaker.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9 at 12pm | $5        REGISTER HERE>
U.N. Sustainable Development, River Rights, and Local Water Issues
Presented by Pamela L. Martin, Professor of Politics & International Relations, Coastal Carolina University; Executive Director, Georgetown RISE.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21 at 12pm | $5        REGISTER HERE>
The Mystery of the Mary Celeste
Presented by Brian Hicks, author and Senior Writer/Metro Columnist, Charleston Post & Courier

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10  11am-5pm
Model Day with Tom Boozer

“Boozer is also known for museum-quality boat models, from tiny replicas of old market-hunting craft such as punt boats and battery boats to a series of sought-after replicas of Jenny, the shrimp boat of Forrest Gump fame. He’s working on models of the oyster sloops that plied South Carolina waters in the first half of the twentieth century, and he is an accomplished carver and maker of dioramas, having recently completed an installation of a Lowcountry cotton plantation at the Edisto Museum.” – Garden and Gun Magazine, April/May 2014

NEW EXHIBIT: A Tale of Two Shrimp Boats – Beaufort’s Miss Sherri and Forrest Gump’s Jenny

Did you know that the famous shrimp boat from the movie Forrest Gump, the Jenny, was actually a South Carolina boat named Miss Sherri?  Learn the history of the Miss Sherri and how she was transformed into Forrest’s beloved shrimp boat. Accompanying the exhibit are two models of the Jenny built by South Carolina model maker Tom Boozer, as well as Jenny boat signs from the movie.

NEW EXHIBIT:  A Mighty Floating Fortress – The Battleship USS South Carolina (BB-26)

Learn about the powerful early 20th-century battleship named for the Palmetto State, the USS South Carolina (BB-26)!  The South Carolina, along with her sister ship, the USS Michigan (BB-27), were the first two all-big-gun dreadnought battleships in the U.S. Navy.

For more October Events, including plans for this year’s Wooden Boat Show, go to woodenboatshow.com 

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