Water/Ways wraps up six-week stay in Cambridge

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Tom Bradshaw talked about Nause-Waiwash traditions to third-grade students at the Smithsonian Water/Ways exhibit.

CAMBRIDGE — The Smithsonian Water/Ways exhibit wrapped up a successful six-week run on Nov. 30 in Cambridge, but it is still possible to view some of the local exhibit items from the “Water Moves Us” companion exhibit, including the video stories.

The local exhibit, which shared space with the Smithsonian exhibit, showcased everything from the cockpit of a racing boat to a traditional oyster shucking table. Related events include a guided kayak tour, skipjack sails, art exhibits, live music, history talks and more.

Many of the display items now are back at their original homes at the Richardson Maritime Museum and Dorchester Historical Society. Some of the photographs will remain on view at the Dorchester Center for the Arts.

The local exhibit also included a dozen video interviews with local people who shared their own water stories and connections to Dorchester County.

These included a working waterman, boat builder, seafood company president, Underground Railroad historian, environmentalist, oyster aquaculture specialist and more. Their interviews still can be viewed on kiosk displays at the Dorchester Visitor Center at Sailwinds Park.

This exhibit would not have been possible without the assistance of more than 30 partner organizations.