Alliance museum welcomes water ways Smithsonian exhibit

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ALLIANCE, Neb. The Knight Museum and Sandhills Center in Alliance is one of six locations across Nebraska to host a Smithsonian exhibit. Their displays are focused on the concept of water.

The center signed up for this display two years ago. The exhibit includes two computer screens, an iPad and about six displays.

“How many times have you been to the Smithsonian lately?” said Becci Thomas, Director for Knight Museum and Sandhills Center. “The fact that you can see something from the Smithsonian in our town of 8,500 I think is pretty cool.”

Water is known as an essence of existence. It helps to bring plants to life and even helps them grow. Water is used every single day for consumption, assistance with cooking, washing your dishes and clothes with even traveling.

About 71% of the Earth’s surface is covered with water but only 3% is fresh. Within agriculture, 50% of the water that is used for irrigation can be reused.

“When I give school tours here, I always ask all the little munchkins where does your water come from?” said Thomas. “They inevitably tell me their faucet. This exhibit is to tell people your water does not come directly from your faucet. It comes from somewhere to begin with.”

There are many products that we use or eat every day that takes significant amounts of water to produce. For example; an apple takes 18 gallons of water and a pair of jeans uses 2,000 pounds of water.

“Without water, we will not survive,” said Thomas. “We need to do our best to make sure this water stays and that we are careful stewards of the water in our area.”

Water is also known as a finite resource. Our environment does not create water but it recycles it. The exhibit is not only used to promote knowledge of water from the past and present but it gives reasons and tips on how to protect water for the future to come.

The Knight Museum and Sandhills Center in Alliance is hosting the exhibit until Friday, February 15th. They are open Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm, Saturday from 10:00am to 5:00pm and closed on Sundays during the winter holiday.

The admission for the center is always free. Once the exhibit has left Knight Museum and Sandhills Center, it will arrive at Legacy of the Plains Museum in Gering.