Governor Proclamation for Water/Ways Week

As part of the kickoff to the Smithsonian Water/Ways exhibit’s arrival in Arizona, Governor Doug Ducey has issued an official proclamation declaring June 2 – 8 as Water/Ways Week.

June 2 marks the official opening of Water/Ways at the Bisbee Mining and Historical Museum. The exhibit will travel to 12 rural communities across the state through March 2020. Bisbee has planned a unique calendar of free programs during the exhibit that encourages visitors to learn, discuss, and reflect on water stories in the community.

Check out the proclamation below, and then explore the Water/Ways website for water stories, resources, and upcoming programs.

Dive into Water/Ways at the Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum June 2 – July 15

Dive into the Smithsonian Water/Ways exhibit at the Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum June 2 – July 15

Burros Loaded With Water Bags
Used with Permission, Bisbee Mining and Historical Museum
Frank Brophy (born in Bisbee in 1894) describes his uncle’s water-delivery service: “The main Transport in Bisbee when I was a very little boy were burros and that was a common sight. Some of the burros had canvas sacks slung over on each side. My uncle started the first water company, which later became the Bisbee-Naco Water Company. He had a well up in Tombstone Canyon so the water was then transported by burros in water sacks. In those days, it was when John D. Rockefeller was beginning his fortune. His name was synonymous with the five-gallon oil can and every house had two to three five-gallon oil cans. The water was taken from the burros and put into these cans and people used it as they needed it.” (Used with permission Bisbee Mining and Historical Museum)
Located 92 miles southeast of Tucson, Bisbee is the county seat of Cochise County. The San Pedro River flows west of this rural town that is twelve miles from the U.S-Mexico border.
A few upcoming programs: Water Conservation Through Xeriscaping (June 9), How Bisbee’s Wastewater Treatment Facility Works to Secure our Water Future (June 12), Bisbee’s Long “Bromance” with Water (June 19), Water Reclamation Meets Bisbee’s Copper Mining History (June 26), Water Conservation for Kids (June 13, 20), and more!
June 2 – July 15
5 Copper Queen Plz, Bisbee, AZ 85603
Open Daily 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Explore Bisbee’s Water/Ways programs

“OK, we’re a mining and history museum, so what’s all this about water?”

In Bisbee and throughout Arizona, the answer is that everything is about water! The Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum will host the Water/Ways exhibit from June 2 through July 15, 2018. Water/Ways is traveling to 12 rural Arizona communities through March 2020 as part of the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum on Main Street program. In Bisbee, local exhibits and programming will explore the cultural and environmental impact of water from the town’s origins as a lucrative mining center to its current status as a state leader in water quality and conservation efforts. Read the Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum’s latest newsletter to find out more about the stories, activities, speakers and exhibits that will bring Bisbee’s water story to life!

Click here to read the Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum newsletter.

Water – Use It Wisely blog features Water/Ways exhibit

Courtesy Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum

Water – Use It Wisely, the popular water conservation website recently featured water stories from the Arizona Water/Ways exhibit.

Read about celebrating Arizona water stories, and get a preview of the exhibit.
Water – Use It Wisely offers tons of free resources, from 100+ ways to conserve water, water-saving products, games for kids, education materials for teachers, water-wise events and more.