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-Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 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 Sundays and holidays. Curiosity got the better of you? While you can’t beat an visit to the museum, you can browse our collection online anytime!
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Current Exhibit: Fry Pioneer Cemetery – A Century of History & Culture
Did you know we have a National Historic Landmark within our city? It’s the Fry Pioneer Cemetery on North 7th Street, which was established in 1919 by the Oliver Fry Family who settled here in 1912. Discover our community’s humble beginnings through oral history interviews and photographs displayed in our current exhibit honoring the cemetery’s 100th anniversary.
Numerous individuals of Hispanic/Yaqui descent who lived and labored in our small hamlet, along with Fry family members have found their final resting place in this historic landmark. In celebration of their unique heritage and culture, we’re including All Souls Day remembrance shrines (ofrendas) created by community members as part of the exhibit through November 30, along with stories regarding the significance of Día del los Muertos and other important ceremonies.
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.