Springfield H2Oh! exhibit poster - On Display July 8 - December 31. The poster includes two photos, one a historical image of the Willamette River and another recent image of the river with the text of "Springfield is built on water. Explore our community's water past, present, and future." The exhibit is brought to you by the Springfield History Museum in partnership with the City of Springfield and Metropolitan Wastewater Management Commission. Admission is free, with the Museum open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday to Saturday. The Museum is located at 590 Main Street Springfield, OR 97477. Contact the Museum at 541.726.2300 or springfield-museum.com.

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The Springfield History Museum’s new Springfield H2Oh! exhibit is now open. Community members are encouraged to “dive in” to this fun, engaging, and informative new offering for all ages.

Presented in partnership with the City of Springfield’s Development & Public Works Department, Metropolitan Wastewater Management Commission, and Springfield Utility Board, the H2Oh! exhibit is focused on all things water. Springfield is founded on water, and without it, the City would look completely different. We all need water to exist, and we need different water systems to live in a modernized community.

Visit the exhibit to explore Springfield’s drinking water, stormwater, and wastewater systems and how they interact. Learn about the water workforce doing the essential (and sometimes dirty) work of managing and maintaining our water infrastructure. Plus, engage with tips and resources to be part of the pollution solution, partnering with us to protect local waterways.

The young (and young at heart) will love the “water quality laboratory” in the Museum’s children’s area, complete with play microscopes, lab coats, goggles, and water-related books for kids. The exhibit also offers other interactive elements for both children and adults, such as a flash card game to quiz yourself on pollution prevention, giveaways related to water quality, activity books, and a real camera used to inspect wastewater pipes.

Head to the Springfield History Museum, located at 590 Main Street in downtown Springfield, for all of this and much more. The H2Oh! exhibit will run through December 31, 2022, and the Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday – Saturday. To learn more about the Springfield History Museum, visit http://www.springfield-museum.com.

Water Workforce section of the Springfield H2Oh! exhibit at the Springfield History Museum             Play Water Quality Laboratory in children's area of H2Oh! exhibit at the Springfield History Museum

After exploring the exhibit, community members are encouraged to take a short walk over to the Booth-Kelly Trailhead located at 307 S. 5th Street to discover Springfield’s Mill Race. The Mill Race is an important part of Springfield’s history and offers outdoor recreation, habitat for native plants and wildlife, and educational opportunities. It’s home to one of the largest stormwater treatment ponds in the region and has been the site of some of the City’s largest restoration projects.

The City recently launched a new Mill Race webpage, sharing history, fun facts, things to do, and more. Check it out at bit.ly/springfieldmillrace for everything you need to know before you go.