Come and visit the Henry F. Hauser Museum at 2950 East Tacoma Street! The museum, founded in 2000, is named for Henry “Hank” Hauser, former college football star, avid golfer, career soldier, city council member and city magistrate, school board member and former mayor of Sierra Vista.
With generous support from the Sierra Vista Historical Society, the museum collects and preserves library and archival materials, photographs, memorabilia, and artifacts associated with local history, business establishments, water, and ranching. Noted collections include the Henry F. Hauser Collection, the James Rice Photograph Collection, the Oral History Collection, and Speaker Presentations. Documents and transcripts of oral history tapes, and Speaker Presentation DVDs are available to researchers and those interested in learning about this unique area.
Open Monday-Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Closed on holidays. Curiosity got the better of you? While you can’t beat an visit to the museum, you can browse our collection online anytime!
Water |Ways and Changing Landscapes
The Henry F. Hauser Museum is one of the recipients of the Smithsonian Institute’s traveling Water|Ways exhibition and will host the exhibit from January 12 through February 25, 2019. 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.
On display with Water|Ways, the local companion exhibit Changing Landscapes shares the Sierra Vista area’s fascinating water history. It features displays that share myriad stories ranging from the history of human occupancy along the San Pedro River to the old gravity-fed pipeline that to this day caries water from the Huachuca Mountains to Tombstone. It also features local artwork made for the exhibit by children and adults.
Water|Ways and the local companion exhibit Changing Landscapes are on display inside the Henry F. Hauser Museum and Ethel H. Berger Center through Feb. 25. Several displays are also featured in the Sierra Vista Public Library.
The Henry F. Hauser Museum has selected a hand-crafted quilt from its collection entitled “San Pedro River,” made by Wendy Seals, as the image representing Sierra Vista’s water story in the Smithsonian Institute’s traveling Water|Ways exhibition. Residents in the greater Sierra Vista area who are at least 16 years old submitted poems inspired by the quilt from for a chance to become part of the exhibit.
The winning poem is included in the takeaway coloring book produced for the exhibit by Arizona Humanities. The quilt can be viewed in person at the Henry F. Hauser Museum.
Water|Ways has been made possible in the City of Sierra Vista’s Henry F. Hauser Museum by Arizona Humanities.
Water/Ways is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and State Humanities Councils nationwide. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress.
Water|Ways was adapted from an exhibition organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York (www.amnh.org), and the Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul (www.smm.org), in collaboration with Great Lakes Science Center, Cleveland; The Field Museum, Chicago; Instituto Sangari, Sao Paulo, Brazil; National Museum of Australia, Canberra; Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada; San Diego Natural History Museum; and Science Centre Singapore with PUB Singapore.
Amazing Arizona, hosted by the Henry F. Hauser Museum and the Sierra Vista Public Library, is a series of educational presentations seeking to educate and entertain the community about unique aspects of our state. Discover “Amazing Arizona” at either the Museum or the Sierra Vista Public Library. Click here to find upcoming presentations.
Amazing Arizona is made possible through a grant from the Arizona Humanities Council with funding provided by the Friends of the Sierra Vista Library and the Henry F. Hauser Museum.
Quilt Documentation Project
Get your precious quilts documented at no charge as part of the Arizona Hall of Fame Quilt Documentation Project. The Sierra Vista Hummingbird Stitchers Quilt Guild has trained experts who can document your quilt. The only criterion is that the quilt must currently reside in the State of Arizona. Both vintage and new quilts are welcome. Learn more.
The “Genie” Club
The Sierra Vista Genealogy Club, formed in 2006, is hosted by members of the Tombstone Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The club came about through a project of the Sierra Vista Historial Society in 2009. The “Genie” Club generally meets on the first Wednesday of each month.
Children’s Interactive Area
Have you ever used a typewriter or an old-fashioned adding machine? Do you know how a rotary telephone works?
Stop by the museum and play with some vintage technology. It’s a great way to share some recent history with the kids!
Junior History Detective
Henry, the Inquisitive Pack Rat, invites kids in grades 1-6 to join him in becoming a Junior History Detective! Put on a detective cap and grab your magnifying glass to investigate the story of Sierra Vista’s extraordinary past, and take part in the Scavenger Hunt for Kids and win prizes! Local schools, home school students, and out-of-town visitors are welcome. Call (520) 439-2306 for more information.
Find a nice selection of extraordinary gifts, from books to jewelry to wall décor, plus unique handmade items. There’s something for everyone—even that hard-to-shop-for someone!
Open Monday and Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; and Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Closed on holidays and special occasions.