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Smithsonian Exhibition: Water/Ways

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Arizona Humanities and the Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives and School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at Arizona State University are pleased to announce an exclusive Arizona tour of Water/Ways, a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution. Below are the selected host sites for the new exhibition tour that will kick off in June 2018. Stay tuned for more information, host site dates, programming schedule, and more!

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Arizona Water/Ways Host Sites

Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum
Bisbee, AZ
June 2 – July 15, 2018
Brought to you by the Bisbee Council on the Arts & Humanities

Fort Apache and Theodore Roosevelt School National Historic Landmark
Fort Apache, AZ
July 28 – September 9, 2018
Brought to you by the Fort Apache Heritage Foundation, Inc.

Bullion Plaza Cultural Center and Museum
Miami, AZ
September 22 – November 4, 2018

McFarland State Historic Park
Florence, AZ
November 17 – December 30, 2018
Brought to you by the Town of Florence

Henry F. Hauser Museum
Sierra Vista, AZ
January 12 – February 25, 2019
Brought to you by the City of Sierra Vista

Amerind Museum
Dragoon, AZ
March 9 – April 21, 2019
Brought to you by the Amerind Foundation, Inc.

Central Arizona College – Aravaipa Campus
Winkelman, AZ
May 4 – June 16, 2019
Brought to you by the Copper Corridor Economic Development Coalition

Carl Hayden Visitor Center at Glen Canyon Dam
Page, AZ
June 29 – August 11, 2019
Brought to you by the Glen Canyon Natural History Association

Camp Verde Community Library
Camp Verde, AZ
August 24 – October 6, 2019
Brought to you by the Friends of the Verde River Greenway

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park
Tubac, AZ
October 19 – December 1, 2019

Cañon Elementary School District 50
Black Canyon City, AZ
December 14, 2019 – January 26, 2020
Brought to you by the Black Canyon City Community Association – Black Canyon Heritage Park

The Lake Havasu Museum of History
Lake Havasu City, AZ
February 8 – March 22, 2020
Brought to you by the Lake Havasu City Historical Society

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About Water/Ways

Water/Ways explores the endless motion of the water cycle, its effect on landscape, settlement and migration, and its impact on culture and spirituality. It looks at political and economic efforts to ensure access to water, and explores how human creativity and resourcefulness provide new ways to protect water resources and renew our relationship with the natural environment.

Designed for small-town museums, libraries and cultural organizations, Water/Ways will serve as a community meeting place to convene conversations about water’s impact on American culture. Towns will develop complementary exhibits, host public programs, and facilitate educational initiatives to deepen people’s understanding about what water means culturally, socially and spiritually in their own community.

Colorado River (Blue Legacy International)

Colorado River (Blue Legacy International)

Seventy-one percent of the Earth’s surface is covered with water. Water impacts climate, agriculture, transportation, energy, and industry. It inspires art, literature, and music.

Water/Ways focuses on the relationships between people and water. How has water shaped our history and traditions? How does it impact our daily life? How will the relationship between people and water evolve in the future?


When will Water/Ways be in Arizona?

The Water/Ways exhibition arrives in June 2018 and will travel to the twelve sites in Arizona over a two-year period. Each site will host the Water/Ways exhibit for six weeks at a time. Arizona Humanities and Arizona State University will be working with each site individually and as a group for trainings, developing programming, and more.

State Scholar for Water/Ways
Dr. Paul Hirt

Dr. Paul Hirt

Paul Hirt is a Professor of History, Senior Sustainability Scholar, and member of the public history faculty at Arizona State University. He specializes in the American West, environmental history, and sustainability studies. Hirt’s publications include a 2012 monograph on the history of electric power in the US Northwest and British Columbia titled The Wired Northwest, a monograph on the history of national forest management since WWII, titled A Conspiracy of Optimism (1994), and more than two dozen articles and book chapters on various topics in environmental history, including two essays on water and sustainability in Arizona. Dr. Hirt conceived and directed the “Nature, Culture, and History at Grand Canyon” project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities he chairs the American Society for Environmental History’s Advisory Board for Professional Development and Public Engagement, and he is an elected member of the Board of Directors of the Salt River Project. 


Water/Ways has been made possible in Arizona by Arizona Humanities and the Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives and School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at Arizona State University.


Water/Ways is part of the Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and state humanities councils. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress. Learn more at www.museumonmainstreet.org. (Note: Link will take you away from the Arizona Humanities website.)