Museum on Main Street (MoMS), a partnership with the Smithsonian Institution, offers high-quality traveling exhibitions to small museums, libraries, cultural organizations, and historical societies in under-served areas of Hawai’i.
MoMS serves rural communities by circulating exhibitions developed by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) that focus on broad topics of national history and culture. To date, these exhibitions have inspired heightened awareness of local history on a variety of topics, such as the World War II home front experience, America’s regional food traditions, and the roots of American music.
MoMS combines the prestige of Smithsonian exhibitions, the program expertise of state humanities councils, and the remarkable volunteerism and unique histories of rural communities to produce new and exciting public programs for under-served citizens.
The Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities works with local organizers from small communities to build the capacity to develop and deliver high-quality educational events in conjunction with the exhibition. Small museums and historical societies benefit not only from the program consultations and funding resources of the Council but also from the project’s professional training in exhibition development, fundraising, and interpretation of local history.
In 2006-07, HCH brought the MoMS exhibit “Produce for Victory: Posters on the American Home Front, 1941-45” to Hawai‘i for a statewide tour of eight communities throughout the islands of O‘ahu, Maui, Kaua‘i, and Hawai‘i.
The MoMS exhibit “Key Ingredients: America by Food” toured four communities throughout O‘ahu, Hawai‘i, and Maui in 2008 and 2009. In conjunction with the opening of this exhibit, the HCH published We Go Eat: A Mixed Plate from Hawai’i’s Food Culture, an anthology of nonfiction, fiction, and poetry about how food has shaped life in the islands.
For more information about Museum on Main Street, please visit www.museumonmainstreet.org. The site has detailed information for the general public and the media about the traveling exhibits, including updated itineraries and educational resources for each exhibition.