The Schepis Museum in cooperation with the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities has been chosen to host WATER/WAYS a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian's Museum on Main Street (MoMS) program.  "Water/Ways" will be on view September 30, 2018 through November 10, 2018.  Main Street and The Schepis Museum are the only site North of Grant Parish chosen to showcase this fantastic exhibit.


Water/Ways, an exhibition from the Smithsonian's Museum on Main Street explores the relationship between people and water.  it explores the centrality of water in our lives including its effects 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 the 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.




Get a sneak peek at the exhibit:

We have a full schedule of events scheduled!

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Water/Ways Events:


October 4, 2018,  11:00 A.M. - Caldwell Parish Library

Delena Beckley:  History and readings from diaries written years ago by people in the area.  Program to be held at the Caldwell Parish Library.


October 4, 2018, 5:30 P.M. - Schepis Museum

In the Schepis Museum Zach and Marie Keahey will be sharing a talk given by Jack Keahey on the history of the Ouachita River.  This presentation was given on a trip he and his wife, Marie took on the Delta Queen.  Zach Keahey is the grandson of Jack Keahey.

Jorenda Stone will also give a presentation of the upcoming event "Year of the River 2019".


October 10, 2018, 5:30 P.M. - Schepis Museum

From exploration to settlement and the historical legacy of today, Jorenda Stone will present the influence of steam power on transportation, industrialization, immigration, and the future of the rivers influence throughout the Ouachita River watershed.


October 13, 2018 - Louisiana Art and Folk Festival

Festival will feature an exhibit on Fish Net Making, the Art of Bousillage, and the EARA Keel Boaters exhibit and reenactment with their Keel Boat on site. The EARA Keel Boaters will also exhibit on October 14.


October 18, 2018, 5:30 P.M. - Caldwell Parish Library

Tana Trichel will be showing the film “Mounds” at the Caldwell Parish Library. This film was commissioned by the Walton Family. She will also be sharing information about the mounds at Poverty Point and other areas. Mr. Bob Meredith will share history of the mound located on his property at 120 Hwy 559 Columbia, LA 71418


October 25, 2018, 5:30P.M. - Caldwell Parish Library

John Stringer will present the film, "Diversions", commissioned by the Walton family.  Mr. Stringer will also speak on the effect water has on property, crops, and other effects water has on our daily life.


November 1, 2018, 5:30 P.M. - Schepis Museum

Dr. Bob Eisenstadt will present  an "Impact Study" of the Ouachita River from Arkansas through Louisiana.

Greg Richardson, of Caldwell Parish Port Commission will add information on the impact the Port has made in Caldwell Parish


November 8, 2018, 5:30 P.M. - Schepis Museum

David May from the Corps of Engineers will present a program at the Schepis Museum on Water Safety and Recreation.



This exhibition covers many themes, including:

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