Message in a Bottle at HMNS

In 2015 the Bayou Preservation Association was proud to bring Chad Pregracke to Houston as the keynote speaker at our 12th Annual Symposium: Trash, Plastic & Automobiles: Gross Pollutants in our Watersheds. Beginning in February at Houston's Museum of Natural Science, Chad brings a collection of messages found amongst the tons of trash accumulated during his 20 years of environmental clean up activities along our nation's waterways.

Throughout history, the Message in a Bottle phenomenon makes many appearances; Greek water current studies, Japanese epics, Poe, Dickens, and the rock band, The Police. This exhibit continues the tradition, capturing the zeitgeist of the Message in a Bottle through American eyes. No single artist is featured, but the personal voices of everyday Americans are on display in this rare collection of messages found in bottles along the Mississippi River and other U.S. rivers.

Organized by Chad Pregracke, the Living Lands & Waters crew and many volunteers discovered these messages over the past 20 years while carrying out waterway clean-up efforts and education.

Visit HMNS February 2, 2018 - May 13, 2018 and discover what others have left for you at Message in a Bottle

Established in 1998, Living Lands & Waters is committed to the protection, preservations, and restoration of the natural environment of the nation’s major rivers and their watersheds. Living Lands & Waters crew spend up to 9 months a year living and traveling on a barge, hosting river clean-ups, and other watershed conservation efforts. The messages presented in this exhibit were found in bottles discovered in these efforts. For more information, please visit