Pleasanton’s Museum on Main is presenting its second virtual exhibit, “Water/Ways,” which was developed by the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Service.
The exhibit explores the importance of water, its impacts on climate and how it sculpts the landscape: Humans and animals rely on water for health, food and hygiene, and its availability has decided settlement and migration patterns. Control of water resources has been a central part of political and economic planning, but water also plays an important part in American culture as people are attracted to it as a source of peace and contemplation.
The Museum on Main, which is closed due to COVID-19, will be sharing the exhibit online. Each Tuesday, museum staff members will post a new installment of the “Water/Ways” virtual tour on YouTube and Facebook, and Pleasanton water-related content will be posted every Wednesday and Saturday through Aug. 15 on the Museum on Main Facebook page.
The museum also will be hosting a series of water-related programs on its YouTube channel, open free to the public, which will be streamed live. Members of the community are invited to join these discussions and screenings to learn about the history of water in the valley as well as current water issues.
A Discussion with … Museum on Main Curator Ken MacLennan — 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 29
Museum on Main curator Ken MacLennan will share his presentation, “Pleasanton Water, a Historical Perspective,” about residents’ relationship with water from the eve of the Spanish invasion into the 1980s.
He will explore how the changing use of land has led to changing demands on our water resources — not just greater consumption from a rising population in the Valley, but also reclamation, flood control and integration into a statewide water infrastructure.
A Discussion with … Zone 7 Board President Olivia Sanwong — 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 12
Olivia Sanwong, board president of the Alameda County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, also known as Zone 7 Water Agency, was first elected in 2018. She will speak about the agency and planning for droughts and floods, and provide an overview of water supply and demand in the Tri-Valley region.
Go Green Initiative Film Screening — 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 15
The Go Green Initiative, which provides schools with the tools, training and ongoing support needed to create a “culture of conservation” and natural resource stewardship within the community, will screen its new film, “Hometown Water: The Lifeline of Pleasanton.” The film will explore how the population interacts with water today and how water use in the past helped shape the community landscape.
For more information about Museum on Main, visit www.museumonmain.org or call 462-2766.